Applications of Wood Materials for Innovative Bridge Systems

by Russell C. Moody, Forest Service, United States,
Michael A. Ritter, Forest Service, United States,
Hota GangaRao, Forest Service, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Serviceability and Durability of Construction Materials


This paper describes completed research and the status of research underway on timber bridges that are part of the USDA Forest Service timber bridge initiative. The initiative includes a research and technology transfer program to develop new and improved bridge systems and increase awareness of the attributes of timber bridges. Research on material properties, preservative treatments, and innovative system development is included, and programs are underway at several universities in the United States, many of which are cooperating with the Forest Products Laboratory.

Subject Headings: Wood bridges | Wood preservatives | Material properties | Construction materials | Innovation | Wood construction | Bridge decks | Bridge design

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