Assessment of the durability and engineering properties of lesser-known hardwood timber species for use in marine and freshwater construction
In This Series
- Avoiding landfill through effective wood waste disposal and a shift in product focus
- Bracing for non-domestic timber trussed rafter roofs
- Cross-laminated timber: an introduction
- Environmentally responsible construction: Community wood recycling
- GD 5 How to calculate deformations in timber structures using Eurocodes
This collaborative research project between TRADA, the Environment Agency and HR Wallingford investigates the strength properties of five LUS - cupuiba, angelim, okan, tali and eveuss as an alternative to the frequently used Greenheart and Ekki.
In addition, this research report identifies marine borer and abrasion resistance of a range of candidate species.
- Stage 1: Selection of the 'long list' of candidate timbers
- Sample selection and validation of timbers on the long list
- Stage 2: Laboratory screening trial to determine resistance to attack by gribble
- Stage 2: Laboratory screening trial to determine resistance to abrasion
- Stage 2: Marine exposure trial to determine resistance to shipworm
- Stage 3: Determination of the strength properties of five species of timber
- Conclusions and recommendations