Modeling the consolidation of wood strand mat

Elemer M. Lang, Michael P. Wolcott

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While pursuing an overall understanding of wood-based composite manufacture, a fundamental model has been developed to describe the mechanical behavior of wood strand mats during hot pressing. The model is based on theories that incorporate structural non-linearities in the stress-strain behavior of the mat, the viscoelastic behavior of the wood constituents, and the time-temperature-moisture interaction during hot pressing. This paper describes a Monte Carlo simulation procedure to reconstruct random strand mat structures and a mathematical model to predict the tress-strain behavior of the mat during consolidation. Finally, a modified model is discussed to accommodate the effect of heat and moisture on the stress development during hot pressing as a response of compression strain. Statistical and experimental validation of the simulation procedure and model predictions are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-176
Number of pages24
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, AMD
StatePublished - 1995
EventProceedings of the 1995 Joint ASME Applied Mechanics and Materials Summer Meeting - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Duration: Jun 28 1995Jun 30 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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