Effect of Incising and Preservative Treatment on Shear Strength of Nominal 2-Inch Lumber
Keywords:Incising, preservative treatment, shear strength, MSR lumber, grade, torsion
AbstractThis study evaluated the effects of pretreatment incising of dry lumber and preservative treatment on the shear strength of 1980 pieces of 2 X 4 dimension lumber (nominal 50 mm X 100 mm X 3.6 m long). Three species groups (Douglas-fir, Hem-Fir, adn Spruce-Pine-Fir-South) and two commercially produced machine-stress-rated grades per species group were tested in torsion to determine their shear strength. Incising and preservative treatment produced significant reductions in the average shear strength of Douglas-fir, Hem-Fir, and Spruce-Pine-Fir-South dimension lumber. These effects need to be addressed through the development of more appropriate design values for uses of preservativetreated wood of these species when shear is a governing factor. An adjustment factor of 0.70 is proposed for incised and preservative-treated nominal 2-inch lumber.
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