MIL-STD-1660 Testing of Laminated Wood Pallets
ARMY DEFENSE AMMUNITION CENTER AND SCHOOL SAVANNA IL EVALUATION DIV
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Laminated wood pallets weighing 3,000 and 4,000 pounds were tested as an alternative to hardwood pallets. The pallets that were tested were made of Red Oak, White Spruce, and Aspen two-ply laminates. Pallet sizes tested were 40 by 48 inches and 42 by 53 inches. Each of the initial 12 pallets that were tested were composed of single wood types. An additional hybrid pallet was also constructed utilizing Aspen wood for the skids and deck, and Red Oak for the posts. Results from the test indicated that pallets constructed entirely of softwood would be inadequate in satisfying MIL-STD-1660 criteria. The Red Oak pallets that were tested performed well undergoing MIL-STD-1660 without sustaining any damage. The hybrid pallet that was tested also performed well but did however, sustain minor damage during the test.
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