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Outdoor durability of wood-polymer compositesAuthor(s): N. M. Stark; D. J. Gardner
Source: Wood-polymer composites. Cambridge, England : Woodhead Publishing, Ltd. ; Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2008. Woodhead Publishing in materials: Pages -165.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionWood-plastic composite (WPC) lumber is promoted as a low-maintenance, high-durability product (Clemons, 2002). However, after a decade of exterior use in the construction industry, questions have arisen regarding durability. These questions are based on documented evidence of failures in the field of WPC decking products due to such impacts as polymer degradation (Klyosov, 2005), wood decay (Moms and Cooper, 1998), and susceptibility to mold which negatively impact the aesthetic qualities of the product. The industry has responded to problems associated with first-generation products by improving WPC formulations. Manufacturers have also made great strides in making more reasonable claims and in educating consumers on the proper care and maintenance of WPC products to maintain the aesthetic quality of the surface finish. Research groups throughout the world are working toward a fundamental understanding of WPC durability that will help improve and/or identify new strategies for protecting WPCs. WPC durability will continue to be an important subject regarding the use of these products in building construction and other related applications in the field.
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CitationStark, N. M.; Gardner, D. J. 2008. Outdoor durability of wood-polymer composites. Wood-polymer composites. Cambridge, England : Woodhead Publishing, Ltd. ; Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2008. Woodhead Publishing in materials: Pages -165.
KeywordsInsect pests, ultraviolet radiation, molds, wood-decaying fungi, composite materials, moisture, wood-plastic composites, biodegradation, deterioration, weathering, failure, decay fungi, moisture content, wood decay, durability, wood-plastic materials, resistance to decay
- Durability of wood-plastic composite lumber
- Biological degradation of wood-plastic composites (WPC) and strategies for improving the resistance of WPC against biological decay
- Durability of wood-plastic composites
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