Wood construction platforms are a common method for inexpensive, temporary soil stabilization under heavy machinery; however, engineering-based platform design is uncommon. Review of literature has shown that only one design method is currently available and is specific to one type of platform configuration. The purpose of this thesis is to develop a design method that is simple, versatile and accurate. The proposed design method allows for designer input in multiple areas of the design. Instrumentation allowed for increased insight into the mechanical behavior of the platforms.
The objective of this research is to use measured strain, load, and deflection in conjunction with fundamental engineering mechanics principles to predict a single platform's mechanical behavior on the ground. Results from this method compare favorably with the only other design guide available and improves the knowledge base by developing design guidance for any type of wood construction platform.
|Advisor:||Howard, Isaac L.|
|Commitee:||Gullett, Philip M., Shmulsky, Rubin|
|School:||Mississippi State University|
|Department:||Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Beam-on-elastic-foundation, Composite materials, Construction platforms, Instrumentation, Mat foundations, Timber construction|
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