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CHAPTER 6

Materials Design Inspired by Tree and Wood Architecture

The chapter reflects the increasing interest in learning from the structure–function relations of trees and wood for the design of bio‐inspired materials. It reviews tree and wood design principles at all hierarchical length scales which are and could be potentially of interest for a biomimetic transfer. Finally, intrinsic flaws of wood in application are discussed. Such flaws are mainly a consequence of the transition of wood as a biological material in the living tree to an engineering material in structures. To make wood more durable and dimensionally stable biomimetic approaches are suggested, taking heartwood formation as an example.

Publication details


Print publication date
15 May 2013
Copyright year
2013
Print ISBN
978-1-84973-553-7
PDF eISBN
978-1-84973-755-5
From the book series:
Smart Materials Series