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Durability of wood-plastic composites

Author(s):

J.J. Morrell
David E. Pendleton
Armando G. McDonald

Year:

2006

Publication type:

Miscellaneous Publication

Primary Station(s):

Forest Products Laboratory

Source:

Wood design focus. Vol. 16, no. 3 (fall 2006): pages 7-10.

Description

Deterioration is broadly defined as any negative effect on the properties of a material. The effects can be due to biological attack or to various non-living agents (sunlight, moisture, temperature), but often, deterioration results from a combination of factors. Nowhere is this more evident than with WPCs, owing to the marriage of dissimilar materials. This article examines agents that can damage WPCs, explores methods for limiting this damage, and then addresses long-term methods for assessing WPC properties related to durability.

Citation

Morrell, J.J.; Stark, Nicole M.; Pendleton, David E.; McDonald, Armando G. 2006. Durability of wood-plastic composites. Wood design focus. Vol. 16, no. 3 (fall 2006): pages 7-10.

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