Heat Treating Wooden Ammunition Pallets for Invasive Species
Revised Heat Treatment Schedules Reduce Degradation Associated with Heat Treatment of Wood Pallets
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2011 Research Highlights
Overview: Working with the cooperators at the Department of Defense, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center; Forest Products Laboratory researchers have initiated a series of studies to investigate the causes of pallet degradation associated with heat treatments and to develop optimized heat treating procedures to alleviate the problems. Laboratory heating experiments and mechanical load testing of wooden ammunition pallets have provided evidence that heating medium (high temperature and low humidity) and manufacturing process have contributed to subsequent pallet defects. Further testing will be conducted in the field to verify the effectiveness of improved heat treating procedures for reducing pallet degradation.
|Partnerships & Science Strategy Affiliations|
|Research Emphasis Area (FPL)||Woody Biomass Utilization|
|US Forest Service Partners||None|
|External Partners||Department of Defense Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center|
|Strategic Program Area (US Forest Service R&D)||Invasive Species|
|Emerging Research Area (US Forest Service R&D)||Bioenergy and Biobased Products|
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