Welcome to Eucalyptus University! We’ll be publishing a series on Eucalyptus timber mat essentials called Eucalyptus University. Each post will be short and to the point. Format & Curriculum Format: Summary of the course in one or two short paragraphs. Backup information in summary format with links to more detailed information. Field applications. Link to
Standardization is the secret sauce that allows us to purchase goods and services with a high level of comfort. (This course is a bit longer than normal. Bear with us please; it’s important.) Standardization allows us to forget about the details every time we use a good or service and get on with our lives.
Why did we make “Safety” the fourth course when Safety is Job Number One? Because, in respect to timber matting, safety is a function of Strength and Standardization. As one engineer put it, “Assuming equal applications of a material, stronger materials tend to produce stronger results. In general, greater strength is safer than lesser strength.”
“How long do your mats last?”, is probably the most common question people ask about Eucalyptus. For a quick answer look at the first video below. We do know that that the mats last at least four years and probably a lot longer than that. That’s in wet/dry/wet/dry conditions with tired trucks and tracked vehicles
Eucalyptus is significantly stronger than oaks and mixed hardwoods in measurements of bending strength, shear, hardness and related measurements. Why does strength matter? In general, stronger materials yield stronger results. Stronger materials are especially important in engineered lifts (e.g., wind turbine crane lifts) or in repeated stress on the mat. Strength also matters in predicting
Mature Eucalyptus Trees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsGn2WPLfEQ There are hundreds of Eucalyptus species, which are native to Australia. Eucalyptus species are hardwoods and are grown worldwide in plantations for lumber, pulp products and firewood. Many Eucalyptus species have been researched intensively and have substantially improved genetic stock. It’s the most planted tree worldwide with about 50 million acres