Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Curriculum Vitae

Education/Professional Career


Ph.D. at Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)


Director of Mechanical Engineering Degree


Vice-Director of Engineering Department (UTAD)


Vice-Director of CETAV (Centro de Estudos Tecnológicos, do Ambiente e da Vida)

since 2007:

Director of Undergraduate Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Degrees



Principal  investigator of the national research project POCTI/36270/EME/2000, “Non linear mechanical behaviour of wood”


Principal  investigator of the national research project CONC-REEQ/1186/2005, “High Resolution Image Sequence Analysis For the study of wood mechanical behaviour”

Research Projects (relevant to Action)

The application of optical full-field techniques to the analysis of wood at the growth ring scale is rather relevant due to the heterogeneous fields inherently generated by the complex structure of the material. The virtual fields method, coupled with those techniques, is a powerful inverse identification method for the extraction of all the active elastic parameters of the material. The underlying idea is to optimize a test configuration (i.e., geometry and loading system) that will lead to the identification of several parameters in only a single specimen. It is also intended to further improve the actual understanding concerning the relationship between the microstructure of wood and its elastic properties.

Selected Publications (relevant to Action)

Xavier JM, Oliveira M, Morais JL, Pinto JT, 2009. Measurement of shear properties of clear wood by the Arcan test. Holzforschung, 63(2): 217-225.

de Moura MFSF, Silva MA, Morais JL, de Morais AB, Lousada JL, 2009. A new data reduction scheme for measuring GIIc of wood using the ENF test. Holzforschung, 63(1): 99-106.

Santos CL, de Jesus AMP, Morais JL, Lousada JLPC, 2009. Quasi-static mechanical behaviour of a double-shear single dowel wood connection. Construction & Building Materials, 23: 171-182.

de Moura MFSF, Morais JL, Dourado NMM, 2008. A new data reduction scheme for mode I wood fracture characterization using the DCB test. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 75(13): 3852 - 3865.

Dourado N, Moura MF, Morel S, Valentin G, Morais JL, 2008. Comparison of fracture properties of two wood species through cohesive crack simulations. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 39(2): 415 - 427.

Xavier J M, Avril S, Pierron F, Morais JL, 2007. Novel experimental approach for LR stiffnesses characterisation of clear wood using a single test. Holzforschung, 61(5): 573 - 581.

Oliveira JMQ, de Moura MFSF, Silva MA L, Morais JJL, 2007. Numerical analysis of the MMB test for mixed-mode I/II wood fracture. Composite Science and Technology, 67(9): 1764-1771.

Silva MA, Morais JL, de Moura MFSF, Lousada JL, 2007. Mode II wood fracture characterization using the ELS test. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 74(14): 2133-2147.

de Moura MFSF, Silva MA, de Morais AB, Morais JL, 2006. Equivalent crack based mode II fracture characterization of wood. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 73: 978 – 993.

Silva MA, de Moura MFSF, Morais JL, 2006. Numerical analysis of the ENF test on the mode II fracture of wood. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 37(9): 1334 – 1344.