1.1 This test method covers the evaluation of vertical members in axial compression for full-sized members with various end connections. 1.2 This test method is limited to fiber-reinforced plastic and composite materials and covers the determination of the compressive properties of structural members. This test method is intended primarily for members of rectangular cross section but is also applicable to irregularly shaped studs, round posts, or special sections. 1.3 This test method covers short-term axial load testing under standard indoor atmospheric conditions. It does not address: sampling, the ability of the material to carry a sustained long-term load, design load derivations, temperature effects, performance under freeze/thaw or salt spray exposure conditions, chemical/ultraviolet (UV) exposure effects, or engineering analysis/modeling needed to extrapolate the results to conditions other than those tested. Each of these factors, and potentially others, need to be considered by the design professional or product standard development committee before using the information generated by this test method to assess structural adequacy. 1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only. 1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
With the advent of non-wood materials such as fiber-reinforced plastics, a procedure adaptable to a wider variety of structural members is required.
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