Physical and mechanical properties of the wood used in indigenous housing of the Tuchín township, department of Cordoba, Colombia
Echenique Racero, Carmen Sofía | 2015-01-05
Indigenous communities have long used the natural resources around them. Most of the traditional construction techniques used are the result of empirical knowledge and of their own and humble style coming to life through craftsmanship. The physical and mechanical properties of the different types of wood used in the construction of indigenous households in the municipality of Tuchín are analyzed in this paper taking into account their features, uses, and renown importance. To obtain the information regarding the properties, the different
uses bestowed to the various tree species were studied; in order to do so, trials to defectless wood samples were performed in accordance with established rules. The properties of moisture content, anhydrous density, basic density, basic specific gravity, total and partial contractions –radial, tangential, and volumetric, and parallel and perpendicular compression stress were determined.