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    Author(s): J.J. Morrell; Nicole M. Stark; David E. Pendleton; Armando G. McDonald
    Date: 2006
    Source: Wood design focus. Vol. 16, no. 3 (fall 2006): pages 7-10.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    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.

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    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.

    Keywords

    Accelerated testing, accelerated life testing, marine borers, insect pests, wood-decaying fungi, composite materials, moisture, deterioration, biodegradation, discoloration, ultraviolet radiation, biodegradation, weathering, wood plastic composites, durability, resistance to decay, wood-plastic materials

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