Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Research Institute


Kaunas University of Technology, KTU, www.ktu.lt

KTU is the largest technical university in the Baltic States, the second largest institution of higher education of Lithuania. It contains 13 faculties with 75 departments, 28 centres, 5 faculty institutes and 17 research laboratories; 11 institutes with 5 centres and 9 research laboratories; 4 centres with 4 research laboratories and 10 administration and service subdivisions. More than 18.5 thousand undergraduate (B.S.) and 550 graduate (Ph.D.) students are enrolled in KTU. The main principle is the humanization of technology, the application of all technical systems to social requirements. Studies and research have become vitally important tools in the creation of a humanized technology. KTU scientists take part in different national and international programmes. Research co-operation and activities are mainly related to participation in European Union EUREKA (9 projects), COST (23 projects), SOCRATES/ERASMUS, LEONARDO DA VINCI programmes. In 2007 KTU carried out 27 projects of 6–th Framework Programme.


Special Facilities at the Department of Mechanical Wood Technology:

SEM; Laboratories of testing physical and mechanical properties of wood based materials (static-dynamic MOE/MOR and similar), nondestructive diagnostics (amplitude-resonant, vibrant-acoustic, e.g. MTG Timber Grader, Holland) of structural properties, machining processes, tools, equipment.

In addition various combinations of human and instrumental resources are available in KTU for interdisciplinary researches.