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Testing full-scale structures is a means to understanding how completed structures perform. Unfortunately, few guidelines exist to aid engineers engaged in such evaluation. Many test procedures are equally applicable to complete structures regardless of the construction material. However, wood possesses many unique properties that must be considered. Tests were conducted on a variety of wood structures. Alternate test methods were developed based upon the locations where tests were performed, which included laboratory tests, field tests with close support, and field tests in remote areas with a minimum of support facilities. These experiences may be useful to engineers confronting similar test situations.
bridges (wood), buildings, composite structures, construction materials, deformation, elastic properties, failure, field tests, housing, materials, tests, measuring instruments, structural engineering, timber construction, structures
Engineer, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wis.