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Wood material science, anatomy and mechanical characteristics 15 credits

Trämateriallära, anatomi och materialtekniska egenskaper
First cycle, W0010T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Wood Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Wood Physics and Wood Technology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Candidate with a scientific or technical direction or Bachelor degree or equivalent foreign degree, a minimum of 180 credits, with a clear scientific or technical profile of at least 60 credits. Degree must include at least 15 credits in mathematics. It also requires a good knowledge of English equivalent to English B.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

To give the student a basic understanding of the properties of the wood material and how its original properties can be modified in industrial processes.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding:
-Explain the anatomical structure and chemical composition of the wood material
-Calculate mechanical and moisture responses
-Explain and predict how the wood material will react to heat and moisture load
-Explain the conditions for and the mechanisms behind methods for modifying the properties of the wood material and impregnation

Skills and Abilities:
Prepare and carry out oral presentation and poster presentation

Valuation and approach:

-Demonstrate an ability to collaborate with other people in a laboratory environment 


The course describes the anatomically structure and chemical composition of wood, from the cell wall to the whole tree.

How the wood material respond to a change in surrounding climate, moisture and heat load.

Methods and mechanisms behind the methods of modification and impregnation of wood.

The course is divided into 6 independent modules where each module is examined separately and based on literature studies in combination with lectures and assignments. The supervisor regularly monitors the student’s knowledge development.

The six sections are:

-Anatomy; cell stypes, transport routes of water and nutrients in the living tree as well as differences between hard wood and soft wood
-Chemical composition of the wood material; main chemical composition and the role of the extractives in the living tree
-Mechanical properties of the wood material; the connection between anatomical structure and mechanical and thermal properties
-Moisture properties; the interaction between the wood material and H2O, in vapor and liquid phase
-Processes and methods for modification and impregnation of wood properties
-Oral presentation and poster presentation 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

Each section is completed and examined separately during the course. The teaching is based on literature studies, pre-recorded lectures, assignments and laboratory work

See the study guide for more detailed information on the implementation of the individual course module. 

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

Approved assignments and quizzes.                                                                   Grading: U, 3, 4, 5

Approved laboratory work                                                                                   Grading: U / G

Written and oral examination                                                                             Grading: U, 3, 4, 5

A detailed description of the examination requirement for the individual section can be found in its study guide.

Summarizing grading: U, 3, 4, 5


This course provides necessary basics for further specialization in courses that follow.

Micael Öhman

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2012 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Determined in consultation with the supervisor

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0011Assignments and testsG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA21
0012Laboratory workG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA21
0013Oral and Written examG U 3 4 59.00MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Dept. TVM Mats Näsström 14 Mar 2012

Last revised
by Head Faculty Programme Director Niklas Lehto 17 Feb 2021