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Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


Engineering Properties of Wood, Wood Based Materials, and Structures

Project Title :  Public service
Project Number : FPL-4714-MB
Status : NEW
Start Date : 10-01-2012
End Date : 09-30-2019

View the 14 publications associated with this project.

Bob RossPrincipal Investigator:
Robert J. Ross

Non Technical Summary
– The attainment of the Public Service Mission will be demonstrated by:• Participation and leadership on Committee D7, Wood, and Committee E06, Building Construction, ofthe American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D Participation and leadership on technical committee of the American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC) and APA-The Engineered Wood Association.• Participation and leadership in the Timber Bridge Committee of the American Association of StateHighway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)• Providing technical advice and information to the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA)• Providing technical advice and information to USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry and the National Forest System on the use of wood products and design of wood structures• Serving as the technical advisor to the American Lumber Standards Committee, and its Board ofReview, through its obligation as a non-voting member representing the USDA• Participation and leadership in various technical committees including the following: American Wood Council, International Staple and Nail Tool Association, Building Seismic Safety Council, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), International Standards Organization (ISO)

Objectives Summary
– The goal of this mission is to provide impartial information and advice on the identification, properties, design and use of wood and wood products to the public, and to user groups and agencies that develop consensus standards to ensure public safety and health. It contributes to the Forest Service's strategic plan, specifically the objective to conduct mission-related work to fulfill statutory stewardship and assistance requirements.

Approach Summary
The Forest Products Laboratory is the premier wood research organization in the United States, and is recognized internationally for excellence in wood research. It houses the world's largest research wood collection, responsibility for which rests in RWU 4714. FPL has long been recognized for leadership in establishing consensus standards on the use of engineered wood products. This leadership, combined withFPL's reputation as a source of impartial information helps ensure public confidence in codes and standards for wood products and wood construction. The RWU is specifically charged with helping to ensure the safe and reliable use of wood products in engineered wood structures. The RWU primarily fulfills this mission through participation on committees of national consensus organizations that develop engineering codes and standards. Scientists are usually "public" representatives on these committees. Their technical knowledge, coupled with FPL's reputation for impartial information, help ensure public confidence in the safety of wood products. RWU scientists also provide technical information and advice to other government agencies on issues ranging from federal procurement standards and structural design applications to possible causes of accidents under investigation by state and Federal agencies. Maintaining a reputation for impartial information is impossible without also maintaining a reputation for quality research and accurate data. However, maintenance of research quality is an ongoing task. The RWU recognizes this need by maintaining an active role in support of FPL's Research Quality Assurance program.

Publications associated with this Project

Publication YearTitleDate Posted
2016(Eds.) Proceedings: Mass Timber Research Workshop 201503/16/16
2016Chapter 02218: Wood Mechanical Fasteners01/07/16
2015Chapter 7: Nondestructive Testing in the Urban Forest09/25/15
2015Chapter 8: Acoustic Assessment of Wood Quality in Trees and Logs09/25/15
2014Evaluation of Wood Species and Preservatives for Use in Wisconsin Highway Sign Posts08/04/14
2018Industry-prioritized research, technology transfer, and education needs and opportunities in residential construction07/27/18
2015Laser Scanning Technology as Part of a Comprehensive Condition Assessment for Covered Bridges07/27/15
2017Nondestructive assessment of wood members from a historic viewing tower09/21/17
2018Nondestructive assessment of wood members in a viewing tower in Potawatomi State Park, Door County, Wisconsin, USA02/15/19
2013Proceedings 18th International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium Madison, Wisconsin, USA 201311/25/13
2015Proceedings: 19th International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium10/16/15
2014Species Identification and Design Value Estimation of Wooden Members in Covered Bridges09/26/14
2014Wood Condition Assessment Manual: Second Edition11/18/14
2016Wood: composition, structure, and nomenclature08/28/18

Project Summaries last modified: 08-22-2018