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2021-2022 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SFR 456 - Physical and Mechanical Properties of Sustainable Materials

The physical and mechanical properties of plant-based materials, including wood and wood composites, as related to basic processing techniques and their use in structural, packaging, and other applications are described.  

The objectives of the course are to develop a sound understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of plant-based materials in relation to ultrastructure, environmental effects, and their application to simple structural systems.  Topics related to the physical properties of wood include moisture content, moisture sorption, swelling/shrinkage of hygroscopic materials, density, porosity, thermal properties, friction, electrical properties, etc.  Topics related to the mechanical properties covered include axial, flexural, shear, and impact performance, the influence of moisture, temperature, biological agents, and time on mechanical properties.  Laboratory demonstrations are arranged to conduct the measurement of these properties according to ASTM standards.  

SFR 456 and SFR 556 cannot both be take for degree credit.

Prerequisites: PHY 107 or CIE 110 or Permission of Instructors

Course Typically Offered: Fall, Alternating years

Credits: 4

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