Some biomechanical characteristics of trees

Trees are among the largest living organisms and are the tallest self-supporting plants. Growth in height incurs high costs because of the investment in safe and stable support structures [11]. For the engineer, the understanding of tree biome-chanics represents a challenge to current knowledge because trees can be very tall and very slender, and yet display a long life span. As we see later on, secondary growth, i.e., growth in thickness or radial growth, occurs in the cambial meristem located just underneath the bark [12] and is the main process contributing to the survival of such structures during their long life span.

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