Untreated Submerged Timber Pile Foundations: Part 1 – Understanding Biodegradation and Compressive Strength

December 30, 2013

This article, Part 1 of a 2-Part series, provides a summary of the state of knowledge on bacterial biodeterioration on submerged and untreated timber piles, as well as a discussion on the impacts of time and deterioration on the in-service compressive strength of the piles. A method for performing qualitative assessment of the likely effectiveness and durability of cut-and-post underpinning remediation of untreated timber-pile supported structures will be proposed in Part 2.

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