International Convention

Forest Products Society

Wood Science Course

Introduction to Wood Science – Short Course

Held in conjunction with the International Convention, this Introduction to Wood Science Short Course will be offered Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
This is a separate registration event.  Cost is only $180 and includes lunch.
Following is an agenda, outlined in schedule form.  Click on the instructor’s link to read their individual bios.

June 25, 2019

Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

Course Agenda

8:30-8:35 am      Welcome – Paige McKinley, Boise Cascade

8:35-10:15          Wood: A Materials Science Perspective Dr. Joseph Jakes, USDA Forest Products Laboratory

Wood is the basis for forest products. Like all materials, the properties and performance of wood derive from its underlying composition and structures. For forest products to reach their full potential, wood must be understood from the materials science perspective. In this lecture, we will introduce and explore forest products in the framework of the materials science tetrahedron, which relates structure, properties, performance, and processing. In wood, structures span lengths from polymers, to cell wall layers, to cellular structures, to growth rings, and to the bulk level. Properties include mechanical, mass transport, moisture swelling, and thermal. Performance includes ability to bear loads, dimensional stability, and resistance to degradation. Processing includes changes in moisture content or temperature, chemical modifications, thermal modifications, wood protection treatments, composite manufacturing, adhesive bonding, and transgenic modifications. Although understanding the relationships between all of these factors seems insurmountable at first glance, the materials science tetrahedron aids in breaking down the issues into more manageable problems.

  • Properties and Performance of Wood
  • Composition and Structure
  • Processing

10:15-10:30         Break

10:30-12:00        Introduction to Engineered Wood Products & CompositesDr. David DeVallance, InnoRenew CoE

The lecture will cover a general overview of the materials and technology used to produce wood-based composite materials, with an emphasis on engineered wood products. Adhesive technology and the advantages/disadvantages when using each composite will be addressed and demonstrated through interactive activities.

  • Materials and Technology for Wood-Based Composite Materials
  • Engineered Wood Products
  • Adhesive Technology

12:00-1:00          Lunch and Questions and Answers

1:00-2:30             Drying/Lumber ProcessingDr. Brian Bond, Virginia Tech University

  • How wood dries (driving forces)
  • Measuring moisture content
  • Drying Methods
  • Lumber
  • Wood Fiber/Flakes/Veneer
  • Drying Stress
  • Drying Defects and prevention

2:30-2:45 pm     Break

2:45 – 3:45 pm  Wood Protection and DurabilityKevin Ragon, Southern Pressure Treaters Assoc.

  • Methods of protection – Use and Treatment
  • Protective Treatments

3:45-4:00              Wrap Up Q&A

4:00 pm                Adjourn


Cost:  Only $180 per person (includes lunch)