Strength of Burmese Timbers

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    A PAPBB comparing timbers of Burma with those of Europe and America, by Mr. C. W. Scott, of the Indian Forest Service, was recently presented to the Association of Engineers in Burma (Paper No. 3, July 23, 1931, Session 1931). Timber testing is now an economic art practised in many countries either anxious to place new untried timbers on the markets or to procure cheaper ones to replace more expensive types. Most of the important timbers of Burma have now been tested for strength on standard scientific lines at the Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun, India. The data obtained there are readily comparable with those recorded by similar apparatus and procedure in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Timber testing has indeed become a highly organised branch of science in the last twenty years. It is conducted under the supervision of trained engineers well acquainted with engineering practice and requirements in metal and other materials as well as in wood. In France and Germany a certain amount of special timber testing has been done in connexion with aircraft, but apparently no standard procedure for general timber testing has been evolved. The standard methods used at Dehra Dun are being followed also in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Malay States, the Philippines, and Java. Mr. Scott's paper is of value, since the data of comparison have been collected from the laboratories of Dehra Dun (India), Madison (U.S.), Princes Risborough (England), and the Forest Products Laboratories of Canada. From the point of view of Burma, it places that country hi a position to answer inquiries on the subject of strengths, etc., of her more important timbers, information on the subject being obtainable from the Forest Economist, Rangoon.

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    Strength of Burmese Timbers. Nature 129, 52–53 (1932) doi:10.1038/129052d0

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