An Overview of Structural Panels and Structural Composite Products

by M. R. O'Halloran, American Plywood Assoc, Panel, Technology Dep, Tacoma, WA, USA,
J. A. Youngquist, American Plywood Assoc, Panel, Technology Dep, Tacoma, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Wood Research: State-of-the-Art and Research Needs


Plywood has been the principal structural panel for construction since the late 1940s. Today, structural panels are evolving into products such as composite panels, oriented strand board, waferboard and structural particleboard. While plywood will be the mainstay of production for some time, newer production facilities tend to be of other product types. Performance standards provide an opportunity to evaluate all of these product types under a common set of requirements. Research efforts to characterize these products is under way by the American Plywood Association in an effort to expand markets for panel products. Structural lumber substitutes and configurations of these products in beams have significant potential in future markets.

Subject Headings: Panels (structural) | Composite structures | Wood and wood products | Composite materials | Wood structures | Laminated materials | Business management | Wood beams

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