Schreyer tests Live Oak wood for Smithsonian Channel’s show

As part of a documentary on the background behind Peter Weir's maritime masterpiece, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.", Alexander Schreyer (Lecturer and Assistant Program Director in BCT) conducted several tests on Live Oak, a wood species that gave the USS Constitution the nickname "Old Ironsides". In these tests, which were filmed by the production company Blink Films UK, he compared bending properties of Live Oak to White Oak, a common shipbuilding material at the time. A second series of tests of these materials under impact loading yielded good results but was not chosen to be part of the documentary. While originally produced for the Smithsonian Channel, the episode has in the meantime been shown in many international markets. For example, the image below shows a still taken from German news television station n-tv. For more on the episode, visit the Smithsonian Channel's website....
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Peggi Clouston to speak at MIT conference

Presenting her recent research developments on wood-concrete composites and computational modeling, Peggi Clouston will be part of an international roster of renowned scientists and engineers speaking at MIT's Spring Conference on Wood in the 21st Century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary and Historic Architecture. See the list of topics and speaker line-up for the intensive two-day conference/training program: WOOD IN THE 21st CENTURY: Design and Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture Saturday, March 24 – Sunday, March 25, 2012  ...
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