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In the search for improved performance of wood preservatives to be used for the protection of marine piling, one of the most difficult phases of the work is that one dealing with the proper evaluation of the materials being studied. It is possible, by means of any one of a number of methods, to screen a series of preservative processes, thereby selecting those that seem to hold some promise of success. However, the translation of such test data into the practical terms of expected service life of full size piling can be extremely misleading. Unfortunately, most of the factors involved in the selection, treatment, and service exposure of marine piling are indefinite in nature and it is extremely difficult to make proper, accurate allowances for all of these factors when existing service data are used for comparative purposes.
Richards, Albert P.
Director, William F. Clapp Laboratories, Duxbury, Mass