I imagine this would work, say you very carefully controlled the
drying of a tree trunk cross section so that it took 100 years, then
it would probably not split until after the first fifty years or so
Also a bit backward. As the FPL says, the shrinkage tangentially is
greatest. Thus the radial checks - perpendicular to tangential force.
Take a log and measure a chord which does not cross latewood near the
center. Let's say it's an inch at best at 20 years. Now go out near the
outside and measure a chord of say 5 inches at seventy. With a 10% rate
of shrinkage, it means the interior wants to lose 1/10 of an inch, the
farther, 5/10. The difference is made up in open air as the radial split
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