Mike H. Freeman
Wooden utility poles provide safe, economic, easily obtainable means of delivering power, communications, and cable television to the masses of industrial and residential locations throughout the world. Wood, however, is a biological commodity that can undergo deterioration by insects, decay fungi, termites, and mechanical destruction. In many ways wood poles, can outlast materials constructed of synthetic materials like concrete, fiberglass, steel and aluminum if well maintained and cared for in a consistent and timely manner.
This paper reviews several mathematical model options to justify a remedial treatment program on wood poles.