Study unit
3513159 Structure and properties of wood-based materials, 5 Cp  
Code 3513159  Validity 06.02.2017 -
Name Structure and properties of wood-based materials  Abbreviation StrucProp 
Credits 5 Cp Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0951 Forestry 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Forest Sciences (J) 

Petri Kärenlampi 

Learning outcomes 

Student will gain some knowledge of materials science, particularly regarding porous, anisotropic, hygroscopic and time-dependent materials, as well as composites and laminates made of them.


Essentials: Properties and material properties. Thermal and moisture expansion. Sorption and hysteresis. Diffusion, conductance, flow. Porosity effects. Complementary knowledge: Thermal transitions. Composites. Strength. Special knowledge: Time-dependent material behavior.

Modes of study 

Lectures (24 h), exercises (50 h), literature (49 h), examination.

Study materials 

Vogel, S., Comparative Biomechanics. Life's Physical World. Princeton University Press 2003, pp. 1-89; 299-441. (16 h study time budgeted for an average student)

Gibson, L. J. and Ashby, M. F., Cellular solids. 2. Ed., Cambridge University Press, 1997, pp. 1-428, 453-502. (8 h study time budgeted for an average student)

Bodig, J. and Jayne, B.: Mechanics of wood and wood composites. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1982, pp. 1-47, 176-393, 461-612. (20 h study time budgeted for an average student)

Jastrzebski, Z. D., The nature and properties of engineering materials. John Wiley & Sons, 3. ed. 1987, pp. 1-73, 125-193, 372-423, 522-560. (16 h study time budgeted for an average student)

Evaluation criteria 

0-5. Evaluation is based on the examination (75%) and weekly exercises (25%).


Professor of Forest Products Technology


Every year. (January-February)


Joensuu campus, video connection to Kuopio campus.

Further information 

The language of instruction for the course is English.


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Register Structure and properties of wood-based materials  General examination  Petri K√§renlampi 
05.05.21wed 12.00-16.00