The Northwest timber industry is in a transition to a smallwood harvest environment. As the Northwest moves to smaller average diameter stands log values have decreased and harvest costs have increased. In an effort to increase profitability, Northwest loggers are beginning to "mechanize". The profitable operation of a mechanized harvest...
The growing use of light-frame wood trusses in the
residential and commercial construction has generated the
need for general analysis procedures for predicting
deformations and ultimate load of truss-plate joints, which
are the basis for accurate evaluation of structural
performance and design of complete truss assemblies. This
dissertation was aimed...