Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Research Institute


Wood science and technology at Norwegian University of Life Sciences is part of Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management. We educate students in biology and ecology, resource management and forestry. Wood science is a part of the education in forestry, and we also support students in architecture and civil engineering from another department at our university.

The research in wood science has been focused on wood properties. Typical topics are how silvicultural treatments affect wood properties, and how to predict wood properties and wood quality from data obtained in the forest. So far we have mainly been working with wood quality traits and mechanical properties, but we have also been working on durability, treatment and water sorption. We have an organized cooperation with the other major Norwegian institutions working with wood through Treforsk (www.treforsk.no).


Department of Ecology and Natural Resurce Management has a laboratory for mechanical testing of wood and structural elements. The laboratory is operated in cooperation with department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology and includes two universal testing machines; one electromechanical with 100 kN capacity and one hydraulic with 300 kN capacity. The hydraulic testing machine has 700 mm test stroke, and it is possible to test beams as long 10 m in bending. The laboratory has standard climate, and it also contains a chamber for other climate.

Our university also has equipment for microscopic analyses, including Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope, Laser Microdissection Microscope, Transmission Electron Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope and X-ray. It also has equipment for different chemical analyses.