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    Author(s): J.H. Pu; R.C. Tang; Chung-Yun Hse
    Date: 1994
    Source: Forest Products Journal 44(11/12):45-50
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    flexural creep behavior of laboratory-fabricated sweetgum oriented strandboard (0SB), under constant (65% and 95%) and cyclic (65% ↔ 95% at a 96-hr. frequency) relative humidity (RH) conditions at 75°F(23.9°C) is presented. Two levels (4.5% and 6.5%) of resin content (RC) of phenol-formaldehyde were used in fabricating the test panels. Two load levels (20% and 40% of the modulus of rupture (MOR)) were chosen for the investigation. Load duration was 12 weeks followed by a 3-week recovery under constant 65 percent RH at 75°F. Constant high RH (95%) as well as the cyclic RH (65% ↔ 95%) showed a great influence on the creep resistance and relative creep. At constant low RH (65%), improvement of relative creep was observed when the RC was increased from 4.5 to 6.5 percent. The load-duration effect (creep-rupture) became evident when the load level was increased from 20 to 40 percent MOR under constant 95 percent or cyclic 65 ↔ 95 percent RH conditions.

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    Pu, J.H.; Tang, R.C.; Hse, Chung-Yun. 1994. Creep behavior of sweetgum OSB: Effect of load level and relative humidity. Forest Products Journal 44(11/12):45-50

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