NDT.net - March 2001, Vol. 6 No. 03

12th International Symposium
on Nondestructive Testing of Wood

The Process of NDE Research for Wood and Wood Composites

Jozsef Bodig
Emeritus Professor, Wood Science and Civil Engineering
Colorado State University
Principal Scientist, EDM International, Inc., Fort Collins
Colorado, U.S.A.



Major Categories of Wood and Wood Composites

Types Of Applications

NDE Methods

Key Elements of an NDE Research Project

Feasibilty of Producing an NDE Tool

Personal Experiences With NDE


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