Journal article

Assessment of physical and mechanical properties of Papua New Guinea timber species

Benoit Belleville, Kilva Lancelot, Elaine Galore, Barbara Ozarska

Maderas: ciencia y tecnologia | SciELO Comision Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica Y Tecnologica (CONICYT) | Published : 2020


A comprehensive testing program has been developed to assess different physical and mechanical properties of 26 commercial and lesser-known PNG species from secondary and plantation forests. The impact of log position in a tree on the mechanical properties has also been assessed to optimize the utilization of timbers along the value chain. The results showed that stiffness and bending strength tend to decrease or remain unchanged along the stem. Shear strength and Janka hardness displayed a similar trend to a lesser extent where the position in the tree had a limited impact on compression strength properties. Thus, segregating based on log position can be of interest where desired mechanical..

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