Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Curriculum Vitae

Education/Professional Career


Ph.D. in Physics at the University Paris 7


Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, in Mechanical Engineering, INPL, Nancy


Head of Team, Anatomy and physics of wood, ENGREF, Nancy


Head of LERMAB, Integrated Research Group in wood sciences

since 2009:

Head, Wood, biomaterials and biomass team, AgropParisTech/INRA, Nancy



Award Best paper 1994-96, Drying Technology Journal


Invited Professor, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

since 1999:

Elected member of IAWS (International Academy of Wood Science)


Chairman, Working Group 2 (Fundamentals of drying), European COST action E15, Advances in the Drying of Wood


Award Innovation in Drying Research


Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

since 2008:

Chairman, Working Party Drying of EFCE (European Federation of Chemical Engineering)

Research Projects (relevant to Action)

  • Experimental investigation and modeling of the physical and mechanical behavior of wood, at the cell wall and tissues levels. (stiffness and shrinkage measurement at the micro-scale, Lattice Boltzman and Material Point Method modeling at the tissue level).

  • Coordinator of a ANR project (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) on analogs of cell wall (in vitro and in silico construction of cell wall analogs, validation through characterization).

Selected Publications (relevant to Action)

Farruggia F. and Perré P., 2000 - Microscopic Tensile Tests in the Transverse Plane of Earlywood and Latewood Parts of Spruce, Wood Science and Tech. 34: 65-82.

Perré P., 2005 - MeshPore : a software able to apply image-based meshing techniques to anisotropic and heterogeneous porous media, Drying technology Journal, 23: 1993-2006.

Passard J. and Perré P., 2005 - Viscoelastic behaviour of green wood across the grain. Part II A temperature dependent constitutive model defined by inverse method, Annals of Forest Sci., 62 : 823-830.

Perré P., 2007 - Multiscale aspects of heat and mass transfer during drying, Transport in Porous Media, 66: 59-76.

Badel E., Perré P., 2007 - The shrinkage of oak predicted from its anatomical pattern: model validation, Trees, structure and functions, 21:111–120.

Perré P., Huber F., 2007 - Measurement of free shrinkage at the tissue level using an optical microscope with an immersion objective: results obtained for Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and spruce (Picea abies), Ann. For. Sci. 64: 255–265.

Perré P., 2007 - An experimental device for the accurate determination of wood-water relations on micro-samples, Holzforschung, 61: 419-429.

Placet V., Passard J., Perré P., 2007 - Differences of the viscoelastic properties of normal and reaction green wood across the grain measured by harmonic tests in the range of 0°C to 95°C, Holzforschung, 61: 548–557.

Almeida G., Leclerc S., Perré P., 2008 - NMR imaging of fluid pathways during drainage of softwood in a pressure membrane chamber, J. of multiphase flow, 34: 312–321.

Placet V., Passard J., Perré P., 2008 - Viscoelastic properties of wood across the grain measured under water-saturated conditions up to 135°C : evidence of thermal degradation, J. Mater. Sci., 43: 3210–3217.