Pilodyn test method for determining the soundness of wood structural members: According to Pilodyn and corvib.com, the Pilodyn is suitable for trees, railway ties and utility poles. Ferret (AU) adds that the Pilodyn is also suitable for testing the stability of wooden structures on playgrounds, detection of soft rot. This article compares using micro-drilling with other methods to screen both standing trees and wood structural elements for hidden damage. " />

Pilodyn from Corvig 800-297-3208Using the Pilodyn for Structural Wood Timber or Beam Damage Assessment
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Pilodyn test method for determining the soundness of wood structural members:

According to Pilodyn and corvib.com, the Pilodyn is suitable for trees, railway ties and utility poles. Ferret (AU) adds that the Pilodyn is also suitable for testing the stability of wooden structures on playgrounds, detection of soft rot.

This article compares using micro-drilling with other methods to screen both standing trees and wood structural elements for hidden damage.

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Pilodyn Methods for Wood Structural Member Assessment

Pilodyn from Corvig 800-297-3208Paul Probett, Clinton Craig, Blake Probett, Incodo Forensic Building Specialists [1]

This article series on methods for assessing structural wood rot & damage is adapted & expanded from the author's "An Introduction to Micro-Drilling Technology for N. Z. Structural Timber Assessment" and is used with permission. We [DF] have added comments, some illustrations, and additional article citations.

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Properties of wood assessment using the Pilodyn

Instant, cost effective.

Scope = 40mm (density loss measurement). Generally not used on buildings. Largely utility poles only for shell decay testing.

According to Pilodyn and corvib.com, the Pilodyn is suitable for trees, railway ties and utility poles.

According to Ferret (AU), the Pilodyn is also suitable for testing the stability of wooden structures on playgrounds, detection of soft rot.

Pilodyn illustrations from Corvib.com. [17]

Pilodyn from Corvig 800-297-3208

  • Pilodyn Advantages / Disadvantages:
    • 40 mm penetration maximum
    • Spring loaded penetrometer
    • Sound timber equates to only 15-25 mm penetration
    • Analogue scale
    • Cost about $1000 - 2000. NZ per assessment
    • Disposables cheap – pins only
    • Hidden decay difficult to identify
    • Extremely robust
    • The Pilodyn wood tester (Hylec Controls) is described by and currently available from InTech/NDE U.S. Tel: 905-716-5604 / 800-297-3208, or Email: bnadeau@intechnde.com, and is also available from Hylec Controls via Ferret.com in Australia. - DF [17][18][19]

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