Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

At Canada Rig Mats we strongly recommend that our customers use Douglas-fir decking in their rig mats. Because of Douglas-fir's superior structural characteristics, rig mats built with this type of decking are stronger and longer lasting, which gives our customer's more value for their dollar.

Strength Properties

Douglas-fir has the highest ratings of any Western softwood for extreme fiber stress in bending (Fb); for tension parallel-to-grain (Ft); for horizontal sheer (Fv); for compression perpendicular-to-grain (Fc); and for compression parallel-to-grain (Fc//).

All Graph Measurements are in PSI

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Rig Mat Decking Strength Chart
Rig Mat Decking Strength Chart
Rig Mat Decking Strength Chart
Rig Mat Decking Strength Chart

Other Unique Properties

Douglas-fir is also very resistant to abrasion which is ideal for rig matting as heavy equipment is hard on the decking. Douglas-fir is also less susceptible to checking compared to other coniferous woods. Other unique properties include its resilience to water and rot and resistance to fungal and insect infestation.

Rig Mat Decking Strength Chart

Source: U.S. Forest Products Laboratory

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