3D Wood

Quantifying Wood Anatomy

Overview

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Inside trees, there is a masterpiece of engineering simply called “wood.”

Millions of tiny wood cells are interwoven into a three-dimensional network with features that rival even the most advanced design concepts. Each cell is an elongated tube with complicated, pitted, and multilayered walls that support the tree’s crown and transport nutrients that sustain life.

Although the intricate, cellular 3D nature of wood is seemingly obscure at first glance, it provides many of the outstanding properties that have resulted in our using wood for hundreds of years and for thousands of products in our everyday lives.

Education, research, and outreach in Quantitative 3D Wood Anatomy at Virginia Tech is described in this website.