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    Author(s): Samuel L. Zelinka
    Date: 2013
    Source: Wood design Focus, Volume 23, Number 3, Fall issue 2013; pp. 26-31.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    This paper reviews recent literature on the corrosion of metals embedded in wood and highlights the link be-tween moisture accumulation in wood and fastener cor-rosion. Mechanisms of fastener corrosion are described including dependence upon wood moisture content. These fundamental concepts are applied to practical examples by explaining how hygrothermal models can be used to predict fastener corrosion in wood and show-ing how fastener corrosion affects the strength of wood-metal connections. The goal of the paper is to familiar-ize professionals in the wood design community with corrosion.

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    Zelinka, Samuel L. 2013. Fastener Corrosion: A Result of Moisture Problems in the Building Envelope. Wood design Focus, Volume 23, Number 3, Fall issue 2013; pp. 26-31.


    fastener corrosion, preservative treated wood, hygrothermal modeling, yield theory, moisture management

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