Trees optimize their mechanical design by adaptive growth, and react with self-repair mechanisms to loads disturbing their optimum mechanical state. Both the rule of constant stresses and the rule of external load minimization dominate the formation of trees. Knowing these growth reaction s, the fate of a tree can be concluded from its outer shape and from its tree rings (saw cuts) which reveal the loads to which the tree has adapted. This book offers an understanding of the body language of trees.
1. Introduction.- 2. The absolute minimum of mechanical knowledge.- 2.1 External loading.- 2.2 Internal stresses: the response of the mechanical component to external loads.- 3. How the tree minimizes its external loading.- 4. Even load distribution: the hypothesis of constant stress on the surface.- 5. Mechanical classification of adaptive growth.- 6. Case studies.- 7. Conclusions.- References.
Number Of Pages: 121
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.2