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dc.contributor.authorHosterman, Nathan Scotten_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:39:54Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:39:54Z
dc.date.issued2000-10-27en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-06132002-064525en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/33550
dc.description.abstractA Preliminary Examination of Factors Affecting Manufacture of Value Added Products From Recycled Pallet Parts Nathan S. Hosterman Abstract Pallets are the single largest consumer of hardwood lumber in the United States. While the pallet industry has effectively adopted widespread pallet recycling, many pallets still go into landfills with little or no value gained from their material. Recovered pallet lumber has been proposed as a potential source of material for value added wood products. This study sought preliminary data on issues pertinent to the development of pallet parts as a source of raw material for value added products, with a focus on oak strip flooring. Issues examined included pallet disassembly efficiency, characteristics of recovered boards, and yield of blanks compatible with commercial flooring production. Disassembly of pallets was affected by pallet design. Overall 81% of the deckboards from all pallet designs were recovered, along with 70% of stringers. Oak boards useable in strip flooring represented 21% of the recovered boards studied. Proper board stacking was found to maintain a uniform (MC) which would reduce drying defects and complications. The manufactured blank dimensions would allow production of some of the thinner strip flooring commercially available. National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association Pre-finished Oak Strip Flooring Grading Rules found almost 80% of the blanks made Prime and Standard Grades. Wide spread adoption of flooring production from recovered pallet would increase the value of recovered pallets, presumably justifying an increased rate and expanded scope of pallet recovery. Economics favoring such valued added recovery would create recovery-related jobs, decrease pallets going into landfills, and ease the demand on timber resources.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectwood flooringen_US
dc.subjectrecycled flooringen_US
dc.subjectpallet recyclingen_US
dc.titlePreliminary Examination of Factors Affecting Manufacture of Value Added Products From Recycled Pallet Partsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentWood Science and Forest Productsen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineWood Science and Forest Productsen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSmith, Robert L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAraman, Philip A.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-06132002-064525/en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairKline, D. Earlen_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairHammett, Alfred L. Tomen_US
dc.date.sdate2002-06-13en_US
dc.date.rdate2003-06-26
dc.date.adate2002-06-26en_US


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