Long-Term Performance Reliability of Wood Materials

by Andrew H. Stewart, Engineering Data Management, Inc, United States,
James R. Goodman, Engineering Data Management, Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Serviceability and Durability of Construction Materials


The United States faces a major task in maintaining and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure in the 1990's and beyond. Economic constraints have limited funds available for preventative maintenance resulting in the need for high cost corrective maintenance programs. In engineered wood structures, new methodology has emerged which enables realistic assessment of long-term structural reliability. Examples of the use of this new technology are provided which demonstrate methods to assess the long-term performance of the wood materials in engineered wood structures.

Subject Headings: Wood structures | Wood | Structural reliability | Structural analysis | Maintenance | Wood construction | Power transmission lines | Infrastructure | United States

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