Service life and biological durability of wooden products, "Optikesto"

Hannu Viitanen, Sini Metsä-Kortelainen, Pekka Saranpää, Tapio Laakso, Hanna Iitti, Mia Löija, Leena Paajanen, Anni Harju, Martti Venäläinen

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    To minimize mold growth and decay on timber and wood products in a given situation, it is necessary to consider the type of the wood, the entire production chain and use conditions.Efforts should focus on the critical processes.The material parameter for service life prediction is in itself a highly complex conglomeration of various parameters, ranging from inherent chemical and physical properties of the particular wood used over production process operations to finishing treatments.There is a limited selection of fast tools to evaluate chemical composition of wood, which is a base for the biological durability of wood.Screening or accelerated tests are optional methods to measure the biological durability of wooden products.In this paper, results on the durability of pine heartwood connected with the optional measurement of the chemical composition of wood are given.There was vide variation of durability within one wood species, but coated pine heartwood and spruce performed very well against mold and decay fungi in an accelerated laboratory test.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationApplied Material Research at VTT
    Subtitle of host publicationSymposium on Applied Materials
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    ISBN (Electronic)951-38-6312-3
    ISBN (Print)951-38-6311-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    EventInternal Symposium on Applied Materials - Espoo, Finland
    Duration: 8 Jun 20068 Jun 2006

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Symposium


    ConferenceInternal Symposium on Applied Materials


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