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The Fracture Mechanics of Plant Materials

Wood and Bamboo


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About this book


This book introduces readers to the application of fracture mechanics and mesomechanics to the analysis of the fracture behaviors of wood and bamboo. It presents a range of research methods to study the fracture behaviors of wood and bamboo, taking into account their various fracture mechanisms resulting from differences in their macroscopic and microscopic structures. It combines theoretical analysis with experiments, as well as various mathematical tools and experimental approaches. The research methods are illustrated by simple schematic diagrams, and the results obtained are largely presented as tables and figures, helping to make the book concise and compact. As such, it provides a valuable guide to the development of new biocomposites that possess exceptional strength and toughness properties and successfully overcome the shortcomings of biomaterials.


Wood Structure Bamboo Structure Mechanical Properties Fracture Behaviors Fracture Mechanism Stress-strain

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Forestry and LandscapeAnhui Agricultural UniversityHefeiChina
  2. 2.School of Forestry and LandscapeAnhui Agricultural UniversityHefeiChina

About the authors

Zhuoping Shao received his B.S. degree (1982) in Mechanics from Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China. He obtained his M.S. degree (1999) in Wood Science and Technology and Ph.D. (2009) in Forestry Engineering at Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei. He is currently a full professor at the School of Forestry and Landscape, Anhui Agricultural University, executive director of the Old and Famous Tree Branch of Chinese Society of Forestry, vice chairman of Anhui Forestry Industry Association, and executive director of Anhui Mechanics Association.

Prof. Shao is a respected expert on wood science and technology, and has extensively studied the mechanical properties of wood and bamboo over the past decades. His research mainly focuses on the fracture problems of plant materials, mechanics of biomaterials, rheological mechanics of wood materials, and mechanics of trees. He has authored one book and more than 70 peer-reviewed research papers in prestigious international and national journals.

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