ASTM D2718 - 00(2011)

    Standard Test Methods for Structural Panels in Planar Shear (Rolling Shear)

    Active Standard ASTM D2718 | Developed by Subcommittee: D07.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.10


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    Significance and Use

    Planar shear (rolling shear) characteristics of structural panels determined by these test methods are essential for the rigorous design of various glued wood-panel structural components, such as box beams, folded plate roofs, and stressed skin panels. Planar shear also may govern the design at low span-depth ratios encountered in floors subjected to high concentrated loads, concrete forms at high pouring pressures, and bulk storage structures.

    The modulus of rigidity determined from Test Method A is a composite of the entire specimen acting as a unit. For plywood panels for which the ratio between the shear moduli of the plies with grain oriented parallel and perpendicular to the shear forces is known, the rolling shear modulus of the perpendicular plies can be calculated.

    Veneer produced by slicing or rotary peeling may contain fine checks or separations parallel to the grain on the knife side of the veneer that are produced as the knife is forced through the wood. These checks are termed knife checks to distinguish them from occasional checks that may be formed on the opposite side of the veneer by forces at the compression bar, and from checks caused by drying. Knife checks can have a significant effect on rolling shear properties in plywood panels and may be of significance in other veneer containing panels. Test Method A requires (when applicable) the testing of matching specimens having knife checks oriented both open and closed wherever possible (see Fig. 1).

    To control or define other variables influencing rolling shear, these test methods require determination of moisture content, specific gravity, and elapsed time-to-failure. Conditioning of test material in controlled atmospheres, determination of depth of knife checks (when applicable), and determination of percent of wood and plywood glueline failure (when applicable) are recommended.


    (a) Knife Checks Open
    (b) Knife Checks Closed
    FIG. 1 Orientation of Knife Checks in Plywood

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods determine the shear properties of structural panels associated with shear distortion of the planes parallel to the edge planes of the panels. Both shear strength and modulus of rigidity may be determined. Primarily, the tests measure the planar shear (rolling shear) strength developed in the plane of the panel.

    1.2 Structural panels in use include plywood, waferboard, oriented strand board, and composites of veneer and of wood-based layers.

    1.3 Two test methods are included:

    1.3.1 Test Method APlanar shear loaded by plates.

    1.3.2 Test Method BPlanar shear induced by five-point bending.

    1.3.3 The choice of method will be dictated by the purpose of the test and equipment available.

    1.3.4 Test Method A, Planar Shear Loaded by PlatesThis test method uses a rectangular panel section adhered between steel plates with protruding knife edges to create load at the panel faces. This test method has been used to develop shear properties of plywood and oriented strand board for the purpose of confirming design values. This test method does not produce pure shear, but the specimen length is prescribed so that the secondary stresses have a minimum effect. The method determines shear strength and modulus of rigidity.

    1.3.5 Test Method B, Planar Shear Induced by Five-Point BendingPlanar shear stress is induced on the panel while loaded in bending using two continuous spans. This test method determines planar shear strength consistent with panel applications under transverse loading. This test method is able to determine shear strength at any moisture condition.

    1.4 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.

    5.1 The specimen having the form of a rectangular flat plate is bonded between steel plates beveled at opposite ends of the specimen to provide knife edges for loading the plate at the face bonded to the specimen. The knife edges project beyond the ends of the specimen. This test method is conducted by loading the knife edges in compression at a uniform rate while a suitable gage measures slip between the plates due to specimen deformation. Shear strength is computed from maximum load, and effective shear modulus for the specimen is determined from a plot of load versus slip.

    10.1 Specimens are tested in a two-span continuous beam support configuration with line loads applied at midspan of each span as shown in Fig. 4. Induced shear stresses are consistent with those developed in conventional panel applications under transverse loading. Specimens may be tested in any moisture condition.

    Note 1—Research that led to the development of the test method is available. , Research on the test method's usefulness for determining elastic constants is also available.


    FIG. 4 Loading Configuration for the Five-Point Bending Method


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D2395 Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Wood and Wood-Based Materials

    D4442 Test Methods for Direct Moisture Content Measurement of Wood and Wood-Base Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 79.060.10 (Plywood)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11122001(Plywood); 11122004(Wood veneers)


    DOI: 10.1520/D2718-00R11

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