DECAY IN TIMBER TRESTLES: WHAT IS ITS RATE OF GROWTH?

The destruction of wood, especially timber piles, by decay is examined. After defining the nature of decay, it is concluded that its progression is exponential rather than linear. Decay is seen expanding in all directions on the same mathematical basis as a sphere grows when its diameter increases. From this concept, a mathematical approach is developed which makes it possible to predict the percentage of reject piles that might be expected to develop in a trestle, or in all the trestles on a line at any future time. Because much of the piling in the 2,300 track miles of timber railroad trestles in the U.S. and Canada was driven between 1910 and 1930, the demand for heavy annual maintenance or renewal is predicted.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    508 Birch Street
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Authors:
    • Williams, J R
    • Norton, K J
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 26-29
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  • Accession Number: 00132981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1976 12:00AM