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Many different phenomenological failure criteria have been proposed. These type of criteria do not explain the mechanism of failure itself. They merely identify failure (yes or no) and are usually regarded in practice as a simple and reliable tool for design. Most of them were developed for composite materials, but are extensively applied for wood. In this… (More)
In this paper, mechanical properties of the four Central American wood species Amapola (Pseudobombax ellipticum), Manchiche (Lonchocarpus castilloi), Pucte (Bucida buceras) and Santamaria (Calophyllum brasiliense) determined in a preliminary experimental study are presented.