You are here: Home
/ Publication Information
Title: Reinforcement of Wood Pallets with Metal Connector Plates
Author: Clarke, John W.; McLain, Thomas E.; White, Marshall S.; Araman, Philip A.
Source: Forest Products Journal. 43(10): 70-76.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
Description: Reinforcement of the damage-prone areas of wood pallet stringers with metal connector plates (MCPs) may increase useful pallet life or permit use of less desirable wood species. This will improve the utilization of our timber resources and landfill space. Whole pallets and individual stringers, reinforced at the inner notches, were tested in static bending. Stringer end segments, reinforced on the sides, were tested for resistance to fork tine impact. Reinforced stringers had greater strength, and in some cases greater stiffness, than unreinforced stringers. Reinforced end feet withstood a greater number of tine impacts to failure than did unreinforced end feet. Wood species had a greater influence on MCP reinforcement performance than did stringer width for all components. In general, tests of whole pallets, after accelerated handling, supported the results from component tests. This suggests that component testing may be a practical means of assessing the effect of reinforcement on pallet performance.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
- You may send email to email@example.com to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly
which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
XML: View XML
Clarke, John W.; McLain, Thomas E.; White, Marshall S.; Araman, Philip A. 1993. Reinforcement of Wood Pallets with Metal Connector Plates. Forest Products Journal. 43(10): 70-76.
Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility