18h Th, 7h Pr, 9h SEM, 2h FT
Number of credits
|Master in forests and natural areas engineering (120 ECTS)||4 crédits|
Language(s) of instruction
Organisation and examination
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
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
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 :
written exam ( open-ended questions )
- If evaluation in "hybrid"
Written examination with oral part/practical
Organisational remarks and main changes to the course
DE MIL Tom
Bât. GE Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech Passage des Déportés 2 5030 Gembloux Belgique
+ 32 (0)81 62.22.28 email@example.com