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Title: Structural condition assessment of in-service wood

Author: Ross, Robert J.; Brashaw, Brian K.; Wang, Xiping;

Date: 2006

Source: Forest products journal. Vol. 56, no. 6 (June 2006): pages 4-8.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Wood is used extensively for both interior and exterior applications in the construction of a variety of structures (residential, agricultural, commercial, government, religious). The deterioration of an in-service wood member may result from a variety of causes during the life of a structure. It is important, therefore, to periodically assess the condition of wood used in structures to determine the extent of deterioration so that degraded members may be replaced or repaired to avoid structural failure. An assessment is especially critical for building officials in municipalities affected by catastrophic events, such as hurricanes Katrina and Rita (Fig. 1).

Keywords: Wood deterioration, structural analysis, engineering inspection, nondestructive testing, building inspection, structural timbers

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Ross, Robert J.; Brashaw, Brian K.; Wang, Xiping 2006. Structural condition assessment of in-service wood. Forest products journal. Vol. 56, no. 6 (June 2006): pages 4-8.


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