Title page for ETD etd-08232007-112543


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Mackes, Kurt H.
URN etd-08232007-112543
Title Predicting the static bending behavior of pallets with panel decks
Degree PhD
Department Wood Science and Forest Products
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Loferski, Joseph R. Committee Chair
Dolan, James Daniel Committee Member
Holzer, Siegfried M. Committee Member
White, Marshall S. Committee Member
Woeste, Frank E. Committee Member
Keywords
  • standardized panel-deck pallets
Date of Defense 1998-03-17
Availability restricted
Abstract

With increased use of pallets constructed utilizing structural panel decks, there is a need for a standardized, reliability-based design system, PDS-PANEL, to assist in the design and manufacture of panel-deck pallets. The primary objective of this research was to develop finite element models which predict the static bending behavior of pallets with at least one panel deck. stringer and block pallets were modeled using plate elements to simulate deck behavior and were validated by comparing predicted deflections to experimentally measured deflections. Differences were considerably less than the allowable 15 percent for both stringer and block models. Sensitivity studies conducted with these models provided a rational basis to simplify models for use in the existing PDS-PANEL program developed at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Simplified models were required to have solution times of less than 2 minutes on a 286 type or more powerful personal computer (PC).

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