Welcome to the website of the Wood Mechanics Research Lab at UMass, Amherst.
We are a group of passionate researchers focused on advancing the structural use of materials that derive from agricultural and forestry feed stocks such as wood, grass and straw. These bio-based materials have recently been shown as having the ability to help solve climate change: they sequester carbon, are low in embodied energy, are least polluting in production and are naturally renewable. Moreover, these materials have been proof tested for decades to be structurally and economically successful in large-scale residential and non-residential building applications.
Our research focuses on efficient and innovative design of wood and bio-based composites as well as hybrid structures. We employ experimental and computational methods to understand and predict the mechanical behavior of these materials with an eye towards new products and applications.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Peggi L. Clouston, PEng.
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts, Amherst