This Wood Structure course introduces the macro- and micro-structure of wood. It focuses on the practical implications of anatomical structure in the field of wood-based composites. Many wood species are discussed, but limited to species of commercial importance in North America. Examples include species that are commonly used in the manufacture of wood-based composites. Many photomicrographs and animations are used to illustrate concepts. Anatomical features of wood are discussed in relation to wood properties, such as density, permeability, and bending modulus.
Understanding how and why wood behaves the way that it does is critical for efficient processing, troubleshooting, and product performance. The Wood Structure course consists of:
Wood science and technology experts, selected from top universities, government research labs and industry, teach the course's seven modules.
The modules are integrated online and build upon each other to provide a logical progression as participants transfer newly-acquired skills to the workplace. Modules are self-paced and can be started at any time to help you balance your career and other responsibilities.
Each module includes five to 10 hours of instruction. Participants who receive a 70-percent or above on the course final exam will receive a Certificate of Completion.