Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Shmulsky, Rubin

Committee Member

Borazjani, Abdolhamid

Committee Member

Ramirez-Avila, John J.

Committee Member

Freyne, Seamus F.

Date of Degree

1-1-2015

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Sustainable Bioproducts

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Forest Resources

Department

Department of Sustainable Bioproducts

Abstract

Wood crossarms provide an efficient economical, structural, and sustainable solution to the distribution and transmission of electric utilities. The majority of these crossarms are made from two species of wood, Douglasir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and southern pine (Pinus spp.). In this study 210 solid-sawn wood crossarms (120 pieces of Douglasir/ 90 pieces of southern pine) were evaluated with non-destructive (NDTs) and destructive testing to determine if NDT could be used to predict crossarm performance. Three NDTs were conducted. Subsequently, destructive testing in which each specimen was broken in accordance to ASTM D-198 for modulus of elasticity (MOE) and modulus of rupture (MOR) was performed. After testing each specimen the non-destructive data was compared to the destructive testing results by mean comparisons and correlations. In this study it was found that the E-computer (NDT) produced the strongest correlation in both species to destructive values, especially MOE.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/19595

Comments

MOE||MOR||wood poles||utility

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