ASTM D3499 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Toughness of Wood-Based Structural Panels

    Active Standard ASTM D3499 | Developed by Subcommittee: D07.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.10


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    Significance and Use

    The failure of wood-based materials with impact loads is sometimes an important criteria in design considerations. In addition, some effects on the mechanical properties of wood, such as decay, are best evaluated by measuring its toughness. This test method serves to evaluate the toughness of structural panel products while Methods D143 can be used to measure the toughness of solid clear wood specimens.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method for toughness of wood-based structural panels covers the determination of energy necessary to cause failure by impact loading of a beam specimen which is simply supported and loaded at midspan. Wood-based structural panels in use include plywood, waferboard, oriented strand board, and composites of veneer and of wood-based layers.

    1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.3 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.


    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

    D143 Test Methods for Small Clear Specimens of Timber

    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 30266300(Wood structural materials)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D3499-11

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D3499-11, Standard Test Method for Toughness of Wood-Based Structural Panels, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.org

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