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IWK102/4 Basic Bioresource Science and Technology

Course Details

  • Credit: 4
  • Semester: 1
  • Prerequisite: none


This course is a basic introduction to the structure of bioresource and organisation of wood anatomy – fibre, vessel, parenchyma. Wood cell ultrastructure – cell wall organisation, microfibril. The physical property of wood; moisture content, shrinkage and wood swelling, density. The mechanical property of wood; wood-flexural strength, compression, tension, shear, impact, MOR, MOE. Natural resistance of wood. Degradation and wood destructive agents – termites, fungi, insects, borer, parasite and control. Electrical and acoustic properties of wood. Preservation - chemicals (CCA, boric-borate, etc), preservation schedule. Wood drying - kiln and air-drying process, the relationship of water vapour movement in wood drying, degradation resulting from drying and ways to reduce degradation. Production and machining of sawn timber.


School of Industrial Technology, Building G07, Persiaran Sains, Universiti Sains Malaysia 11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Tel: +604 653 2219 | Fax: +604-653 6375 | Email: dean_ind@usm.my

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