Dr. Marie G. Laborie, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, was keynote speaker for the COST

Dr. Marie G. Laborie, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, was keynote speaker for the COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) Action E35: “Fracture mechanics and micromechanics of wood and wood composites with regard to wood machining”. Her talk was entitled: “Cooperativity of segmental relaxation: application to wood and wood-based composites” . The meeting took place in Rosenheim Germany, Sept 29-30, 2005.

PBS returns to wood lab – Wood lab simulates natural disaster on 32-foot-long wall

PBS returns to wood lab – Wood lab simulates natural disaster on 32-foot-long wall

Wood lab simulates natural disaster on 32-foot-long wall
By Lindsey Van De Vanter
WSU Today intern

Dan Dolan, a WSU professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Scott Lewis, research associate at the Wood Materials and Engineering Lab, are working with other wood lab associates to construct a 32-foot-long wall, which will be knocked down at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 during a test simulating natural disasters’ effects on buildings.

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It’s PBS for WSU Documentary filmmakers visit wood materials lab

It’s PBS for WSU – Documentary filmmakers visit WSU wood materials lab

Documentary filmmakers are visiting WSU’s Wood Materials and Engineering Lab today as part of a film project titled “Disaster Resistant Homes.”

Dr. Dan Dolan, a WSU professor of civil and environmental engineering and an expert in low-rise building design, is the star of WSU’s portion of the film. For the film, Dolan will simulate how homes respond to natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes by conducting an experiment on a building wall.

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A force to be reckoned with: Wind, quake studies sway building codes worldwide

Wind, quake studies sway building codes worldwide
By Evan Epstein
WSU Today intern

While the 2004 hurricane season has put Florida’s buildings and building codes to the test, on the other side of the country a WSU professor is trying to understand how destruction like that wrought in Florida can be curbed.

Hurricane Charley flattened more than 12,000 homes in Florida, according to the Associated Press. The damage from Hurricane Jeanne alone has been estimated as high as $9 billion. The four Florida storms have so far produced 2 … » More …

WSU’s research story comes out of the woodwork at new visitor center

As you walk through the new WSU visitor center, slow down and notice the wood around you. Natural blue staining on a bench shows how a Northwest pine tree lost its battle with troublesome beetles. Criss-crossed wood flakes span a wall-length wine display, making better use of timber resources. https://news.wsu.edu/2013/10/08/wsus-research-story-comes-out-of-the-woodwork-at-new-visitor-center/#.VVuGU5NVhBc