WOOD RESEARCH, cilt.60, ss.679-685, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
In this study, fatigue and static strength of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and beech (Fagus orientalis L.) woods were investigated. The fatigue and static strength were conducted using a three point bending test-rig. The specimens were prepared according to ISO 3129 (1975) and fatigue and static bending test were carried out according to ISO 3133 (1975). The fatigue test was carried out at 80, 70, 60, 50 and 40 % stress level that corresponded to specific percentage of material's ultimate strength modulus of rupture (MOR). However the microstructures of fatigue failures were observed by using scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results were indicated that, the fatigue life of Scots pine wood amounted to over 1 million cycle when the stress level was 40 % of MOR for Scots pine and 50 % MOR for Beech. In general, fatigue life decreased as stress level increased and vice versa. The allowable design stress is based on some percentage of MOR for furniture design. On this account, the allowable design stresses for Beech and Scots pine could be set at 50 and 40 % respectively.