2023-2024 / FORE0010-1

Wood science


18h Th, 7h Pr, 9h SEM, 2h FT

Number of credits

 Master in forests and natural areas engineering (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Tom De Mil

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

** Course will be given in English **

. Physical, mechanical, biological properties :
- moisture content, density, hardness;
- strength and stiffness;
- conductivity, combustibility,...
. Wood defects due to growth excess, physical agents, plants or animals and human actions.
. Tree ring analysis, Microdensitometry, theory and practice.
. Macroscopic recognition of temperate and tropical species wood samples.
. "Assessment of strength and stiffness on structural wood, relationships between visual grading, strength measurement and machine stress grading" is partially replaced by the third part (3h) of the lecture INGE0004-2 "Procédés généraux de construction" given by Pr Rondeaux on wood-based structures calculation.
. Seminar (2h) by Pr Jourez

Excursion to the LTB CRA-W in Gembloux, showing the equipment (3h)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The students will develop a knowledge of wood characteristics including properties and defects.
After completing the course the student is expected to assess wood quality by means of suitable techniques such as measurements, grading and other tests
Argue consequences of silviculture options on wood characteristics
Recognize the most common temperate species from a wood sample
Solving several exercises on wood moisture, wood density and mechanical properties of wood

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

wood anatomy

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Practical exercises, theory, seminar and an excursion.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Lectures with exercices : 12h+12h Macroscopic recognition of temperate/tropical woods: 4 x 3h. Online if necessary.
Courses on present/distance/hybrid depending on the situation

Recommended or required readings

Slides + notes from Classes

A list of recommended literature will be given in the presentation of the first class

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Written examination with oral part/practical

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Bât. GE Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech Passage des Déportés 2 5030 Gembloux Belgique
+ 32 (0)81 62.22.28 tom.demil@uliege.be

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