A random walk through the forest - or how we guess the strength of wood. In 3D!
Timber is one of the few truly renewable construction materials we have, but the fact it is made by trees to suit their own agenda presents a number of challenges. This talk will cover the biomechanics of wood from the macroscopic to the molecular scale, the ways we can influence wood properties through silviculture, and attempt to explain how structural engineers deal with imperfect knowledge of the materials they work with.
3D glasses will be provided.
There will be tea and doughnuts from 16.30.
Our General Interest Seminars are an opportunity for distinguished speakers to present new research in physics and related areas. The material presented is suitable for undergraduate level upwards and all members of the School are welcome to attend..