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Comparing birch core plywood with traditional softwood plywood

dc.contributor.advisorLeitch, Mathew
dc.contributor.authorHuitema, Thomas M.
dc.description.abstractPlywood made with birch cores is an important product in the European Union, and has potential to become an important product in North America. White birch in Ontario is currently an underutilized species. This paper explores the mechanical properties of a new plywood product being produced in Ontario that is very similar to European birch plywood, but uses white birch (Betula papyrifera) grown in North America. Tests were done to measure the modulus of elasticity, compressive strength parallel to the grain and hardness of the new plywood and traditional softwood plywood. These values were tested using the ASTM D1037- 12 testing standard. Compared to softwood plywood, the birch plywood had 94.83% of the compressive strength of softwood plywood, 82% of the MOE and 181.95% of the hardness.en_US
dc.subjectPlywood marketen_US
dc.subjectModulus of elasticityen_US
dc.subjectWhite birch (Betula papyrifera)en_US
dc.subjectBirch plywood (baltic birch)en_US
dc.subjectBirch plywood vs softwood plywooden_US
dc.titleComparing birch core plywood with traditional softwood plywooden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US Bachelor of Science in Forestryen_US Resources Managementen_US Universityen_US

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