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Bending strength adjustments for moisture content for structural lumber

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Effects of moisture content on bending strength and section capacity have been studied assuming that strength properties are linearly related to moisture content below the fiber saturation point. The models developed using the linear strength vs. moisture content relationships are compared with quadratic models developed earlier. The linear representation of strength variation with moisture content leads to predicted member bending capacity relationships which show that increases in member bending strength with moisture content will compensate for section property decreases at all bending strength property levels. Comparisons of bending strength and bending capacity models show that the two modelling approaches lead to similar predicted member performance. Simplified procedures are provided for adjusting member bending strength for moisture content which are suitable for materials properties codes or standards.

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Barrett, J.D., Lau, W. Bending strength adjustments for moisture content for structural lumber. Wood Sci.Technol. 25, 433–447 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00225236

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Keywords

  • Material Processing
  • Linear Representation
  • Strength Property
  • Quadratic Model
  • Saturation Point