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Title: Small-diameter roundwood, strong-post W-beam guardrail systems

Source: WCTE 2006 : 9th World Conference on Timber Engineering, August 6-10, 2006, Portland, OR, USA : program and abstracts. Portland, Or. : World Conference on Timber Engineering, [2006]: [8] pages.

Author(s)Kretschmann, David; Faller, Ronald; Reid, John; Hascall, Jason; Sicking, Dean; Rohde, John

Publication Year: 2006  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles

Abstract: Round guardrail posts may provide an important value-added option for small-diameter thinnings. Such posts require minimum processing and are believed to have higher strength for the equivalent rectangular volume. The resulting value-added product may bring a higher return compared to lumber. The obstacles to immediate utilization of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir guardrail posts are the need for full-scale crash testing, a visual grading rule, and an installation guide. This paper reports on tests and Barrier VII computer simulations at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility and the Forest Products Laboratory to determine dynamic and static material properties and correct embedment depths. Grading practices are recommended for round ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir guardrail posts for the new Midwest Guardrail System.

Keywords: Value added, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, wood poles, roads, guard fences, posts, roundwood, small timbers, small diameter timber, smallwood, thinnings, guardrails

File size: 245 kb(s)
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Kretschmann, David E.
Research General Engineer
  

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