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Title: The Need for Performance Criteria in Evaluating the Durability of Wood Products

Source: Journal of Istanbul University Forestry Faculty Volume 58 Number 2: 31-41. 2010

Author(s)Lebow, Stan; Woodward, Bessie; Lebow, Patricia; Clausen, Carol

Publication Year: 2010  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4723-3  FPL-4851-1A

Abstract: Data generated from wood-product durability evaluations can be difficult to interpret. Standard methods used to evaluate the potential long-term durability of wood products often provide little guidance on interpretation of test results. Decisions on acceptable performance for standardization and code compliance are based on the judgment of reviewers or committees. This decision-making process has potential pitfalls, especially when there is pressure to minimize the time needed for evaluation. This paper discusses some of the pitfalls encountered in interpretation of in-ground and above-ground durability test data and suggests areas where more prescriptive performance criteria may be warranted.

Keywords: Wood preservatives, wood preservation, service life, wood standards, engineering standards, standardization, preserved wood, testing, standards, performance testing, durability, preservatives, review article, preservation, treated wood, preservative treated wood, exposure tests, performance criteria, evaluation methods, wood products

Publication Review Process: Formally Refereed

File size: 387 kb(s)

Date posted: 05/16/2011

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RITS Product ID: 35854
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Clausen, Carol A.
Supervisory Research Microbiologist
Lebow, Patricia K.
Mathematical Statistician
Lebow, Stan T.
Research Forest Products Technologist

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