An Estimation of Dynamic Modulus of Elasticity in Cantilever Flexural Timber Beams
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Due to considerable influence of shear deflection and rotary motion, the modulus of elasticity is hardly obtainable in fixed-free flexurally-excited (cantilever) beams. For isotropic materials, Timoshenko has proposed a set of curves to correct the fixed-free modal frequencies as the radius of gyration and free length; however, its performance for wood was not sufficiently conclusive. In this study, rectangular beams of pine wood were tested in a fixed-free condition, altering the free length to height ratios in a proper extent and comparing them to their reference free-free data in terms of natural frequency and dynamic modulus of elasticity shifts. The equality of two pairs of fixed-free versus free-free data, for both frequency and dynamic modulus, was significantly confirmed. The correlation coefficient between experimental and calculated fixed-free frequencies was high enough, and however the correlation coefficient of the modulus of elasticity was rather low.