Critical conditions for mould and decay resistance of wood

Hannu Viitanen

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Several factors are involved in the biodeterioration of materials and buildings, and mathematical modelling may help us to understand the complicated interaction between many factors. For mould growth, long-lasting humidity exposure above RH 80-90% is critical for wood-based materials, and above RH 90-95% for stone-based materials, depending on the temperature, material properties and exposure time. Mathematical modelling will not give the answers to all the problems, however, and users should be aware of the limitations of providing a true picture of the complicated process of biodeterioration and damage development in buildings and materials.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 Wood and Fiber Product Seminar
Subtitle of host publicationVTT and USDA Joint Activity
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-7590-9
ISBN (Print)978-951-38-7589-3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWood and Fiber Product Seminar: VTT and USDA Joint Activity - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 22 Sept 200923 Sept 2009

Publication series

SeriesVTT Symposium


SeminarWood and Fiber Product Seminar


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