Mississippi State University
Seale, R. Dan
Franca, Frederico J.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Forest Resources
Department of Sustainable Bioproducts
Softwood is more in demand than hardwood because it is used primarily in the US's largest wood-consuming industry, construction, resulting in increased importation of softwood annually to meet this demand. Hardwood, used for non-structural purposes like furniture and interior designs, is more abundant in US forests. However, some hardwood species are underutilized and undervalued. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) has increased the demand for softwood.
A study evaluated the mechanical and physical properties of three underutilized hardwood species (321 yellow poplar, 393 sweetgum, and 262 red oak specimens) for CLT industrial mat manufacturing. The results showed that red oak had a higher density than southern yellow pine, and all species had an average modulus of elasticity greater than the CLT lumber requirement. The study confirmed the viability of these underutilized hardwoods for CLT fabrication, suggesting they could be a suitable substitute for softwood in CLT manufacturing.
Ogunruku, Mercy Itunu, "Evaluating selected properties of underutilized hardwood species for fabrication of cross-laminated timber industrial mats" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 6045.