Mississippi State University
Seale, R. Daniel
Street, Jason Tyler
Lopes. Dercilio Verly
Date of Degree
Dissertation - Open Access
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Sustainable Bioproducts
This work is made up of three parts. Part one looks to establish design values for two types of three ply access mats from the U.S. South and Midwest. The mats were subject to 3 point bending tests to determine strength and stiffness values. Values for MOE (Modulus of Elasticity) and MOR (Modulus of Rupture) are reported by region and mat design. Part two tested five species groups of hardwoods for wear resistance and hardness. These species groups include white oak, red oak, ash, sweetgum and hickory. These tests for wear were performed on a Navy-Type Wear Tester according to ASTM D2394-17. Hardness specimens were tested with the Janka method according to ASTM D143-14. The third and final part looks at the impact of thermomechanical densification on rate of wear in five species groups of hardwood. The species groups were white oak, red oak, ash, sweetgum and hickory. Samples were pressed at 1000psi at temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit, in order to plasticize the wood and densify it at the same time. These samples were then tested on the Navy-Type Wear Tester to determine whether densification had an impact on wear resistance.
Snow, Roger Dustin, "Wood properties and utilization of assorted hardwoods" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5454.