Title page for ETD etd-08232007-112543
|Type of Document
||Mackes, Kurt H.
||Predicting the static bending behavior of pallets with panel decks
||Wood Science and Forest Products
|Loferski, Joseph R.
|Dolan, James Daniel
|Holzer, Siegfried M.
|White, Marshall S.
|Woeste, Frank E.
- standardized panel-deck pallets
|Date of Defense
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
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