Appearances can be deceptive

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Philip O'Leary, head of TRADA Technology's Structural Investigations team, highlights his concerns about a lack of understanding in the industry about timber strength grading issues.

Timber as a natural material, is inherently variable, even within a single species. Strength grading of softwood and hardwood overcomes this, by assessing the strength and stiffness of individual pieces intended for structural use and assigning them to a strength grade and/or strength class. Specifiers can then work with known and dependable mechanical properties.

Article from the TRADA Timber Industry Yearbook 2011

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