Theses and Dissertations


França, Tamara

Committee Member

França , Frederico

Committee Member

Senalik, Adam

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Immediate Worldwide Access

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Sustainable Bioproducts

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Forest Resources


Department of Sustainable Bioproducts


Wood is used in a variety of structures dealing with construction of exterior and interior applications. It is critically important to periodically assess the condition of in-service wooden members. Catastrophic events, like hurricanes, make it imperative to evaluate wood used in building officials due to a higher moisture content. The objective for this study is to evaluate how effective nondestructive tests are at determining incipient decay in southern yellow pine due to brown-rot fungal attacks. Properties perpendicular to the grain will be assessed to determine the effect decay has on these properties. The variables being measured in this study are time of flight of a stress wave, dynamic modulus of elasticity, density, ultimate tensile strength, and mass loss. This study will be beneficial to the world of wood science because it will allow users to evaluate single specimens in buildings and pinpoint which specimens need replacing to decrease structural failure.