Published Online: 24 July 2009
Page Count: 9
Mathematical Statistician, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI
Kretschmann, David E.
Research General Engineer, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI
(Received 1 July 2008; accepted 10 June 2009)
It has been argued that repetitive member allowable property adjustments should be larger for high-variability materials than for low-variability materials. We report analytic calculations and simulations that suggest that the order of such adjustments should be reversed, that is, given the manner in which allowable properties are currently calculated, as the coefficient of variation of the strength distribution of individual elements increases, the upward repetitive member adjustments (if any) of assemblies constructed from these elements should decrease.
Paper ID: JTE101924