ASTM D1990-07

    Standard Practice for Establishing Allowable Properties for Visually-Graded Dimension Lumber from In-Grade Tests of Full-Size Specimens


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    1. Scope

    1.1 Due to the number of specimens involved and the number of mechanical properties to be evaluated, a methodology for evaluating the data and assigning allowable properties to both tested and untested grade/size cells is necessary. Sampling and analysis of tested cells are covered in Practice D 2915. The mechanical test methods are covered in Test Methods D 198 and D 4761. This practice covers the necessary procedures for assigning allowable stress and modulus of elasticity values to dimension lumber from In-Grade tests. The practice includes methods to permit assignment of allowable stress and modulus of elasticity values to untested sizes and grades, as well as some untested properties.

    1.2 A basic assumption of the procedures used in this practice is that the samples selected and tested are representative of the entire global population being evaluated. This approach is consistent with the historical clear wood methodology of assigning an allowable property to visually-graded lumber which was representative of the entire growth range of a species or species group. Every effort shall be made to ensure the test sample is representative of population by grade and size (see 7.1.1 and 7.1.2).

    1.3 This practice covers the principles and procedures for establishing allowable stress values for bending, tension parallel to grain, compression parallel to grain and modulus of elasticity values for structural design from "In-Grade" tests of full-size visually graded solid sawn dimension lumber. This practice is focused on, but is not limited to, grades which used the concepts incorporated in Practice D 245 and were developed and interpreted under American Softwood Lumber PS 20-70.

    Note 1 - In the implementation of the North American In-Grade test program, allowable stress values for compression perpendicular to grain and shear parallel to grain for structural design were calculated using the procedures of Practice D 245.

    1.4 This practice only covers dimension lumber.

    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.


    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

    D9 Terminology Relating to Wood and Wood-Based Products

    D198 Test Methods of Static Tests of Lumber in Structural Sizes

    D245 Practice for Establishing Structural Grades and Related Allowable Properties for Visually Graded Lumber

    D1165 Nomenclature of Commercial Hardwoods and Softwoods

    D2555 Practice for Establishing Clear Wood Strength Values

    D2915 Practice for Sampling and Data-Analysis for Structural Wood and Wood-Based Products

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

    D4444 Test Method for Laboratory Standardization and Calibration of Hand-Held Moisture Meters

    D4761 Test Methods for Mechanical Properties of Lumber and Wood-Based Structural Materials

    E380 Practice for Use of the International System of Units (SI) (the Modernized Metric System)

    American Softwood Lumber Standard

    National Institute of Standards and Technology Vol


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    ICS Number Code 79.040 (Wood, sawlogs and sawn timber)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D1990-07

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    ASTM D1990-07, Standard Practice for Establishing Allowable Properties for Visually-Graded Dimension Lumber from In-Grade Tests of Full-Size Specimens, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2007, www.astm.org

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