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DeVallance, David

Associate Professor of Wood Science & Technology

DeVallance received a B.S. Degree in Wood Products Processing and Manufacturing in 1997 from the Pennsylvania State University. From 1997 to 1998 he worked for PFS Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin as a Staff Engineer researching engineered wood studs/joists. From 1998 to 2009, he worked for TECO as a staff scientist and performed wood products research testing and analysis, field claim inspections, and a variety of technical duties. In 2003, he completed my MS Degree in Wood Science at Oregon State University. His master’s thesis research involved investigating influences of veneer surface roughness, lathe check, and annual ring characteristics on Douglas-fir plywood adhesion. The results of this research led to receipt of the 2005 Wood Award from the Forest Products Society. In 2009, he completed his PhD Degree in Wood Science at Oregon State University that focused on development of an optical scanning system to non-destructively predict veneer and laminated veneer lumber tensile properties. In 2009 he has been working as an Assistant Professor for the Wood Science and Technology Program in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University (WVU). In 2013 he was appointed the Program Coordinator for the Wood Science and Technology Program at WVU and promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. His research focuses areas include: biomass pre-processing and pelletizing, development of bio-based composite materials, non-destructive material evaluation, and adhesion and structural properties of cross laminated timbers. He teaches courses in Sustainable Construction, Quantitative Decision Making, Senior Project Research, and Renewable Materials Marketing.

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  • Dahle, G., A. Carpenter, and D. DeVallance. 2016. Non-destructive Measurement of the Flexural Modulus of Elasticity of Wood Using Acoustical Stress Waves. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. 42(4): 227-233.
  • Estep, G.D., D.B. DeVallance, and D.J. Lacombe. 2015. Analysis of certified wood product use in commercial LEED building projects. Wood Fiber Sci. 47(3):1-13. 
  • DeVallance, D.B., G.S. Oporto, and P. Quigley. 2015. Investigation of hardwood biochar as a replacement for wood flour in wood-polypropylene composites. J Elast Plastics. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0095244315589655. 
  • Nan, N., D.B. DeVallance, X. Xie, and J. Wang. 2015. The effect of bio-carbon addition on the electrical conductive, mechanical, and thermal properties of polyvinyl alcohol/biochar composites. Journal of Composite Materials. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0021998315589770.
  • Faulkner, J.W., J.L. Miller, T.J. Basden, and D.B. DeVallance. 2015. Woodchip heavy-use area effluent quality, quantity, and hydrologic design considerations. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 31(5): 783-790.
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