RELIABLE STRENGTH ASSESSMENT OF WOOD COMPOSITES

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$195,000.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
1319
Agency Tracking Number:
1319
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 1774, Fort Collins, CO, 80522
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Fagan G. Brent
() -
Business Contact:
(303) 224-3722
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
METHODS FOR RELIABLE ASSESSING THE STRENGTH OF WOOD COMPOSITES WILL BE DEVELOPED USING NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION PROCEDURES INVOLVING SPECTRAL ANALYSIS OF STRESSWAVE PARAMETERS. THESE PROCEDURES ARE BASED ON THE EXTENSION OF PREVIOUS RESEARCH ON NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION OF THE STRENGTH OF WOOD UTILITY POLES. THEY APPEAR TO OFFER CONSIDERABLE PROMISE AS RELIABLE STRENGTH PREDICTION METHODS FOR OTHER WOODBASED MATERIALS. DEVELOPMENT OF RELIABLE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION PROCEDURES FOR WOOD COMPOSITES WILL ENHANCE THEIR USE BY ENABLING MANUFACTURERS TO GUARANTEE MINIMUM STRENGTH PERFORMANCE ON A PIECE-BY-PIECE BASIS. SUCH PROCEDURES WILL ALSO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENT UTILIZATION OF OUR CRITICAL RENEWABLE WOOD RESOURCE.

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