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    Woodworkers know that wood is porous in that adhesive flows into lumens for a mechanical interlock (1) and that wood absorbs water, allowing the use of water-borne adhesives. However, the anatomical aspects of wood that lend to its porosity are much more complicated and have a greater influence on adhesive performance than is normallyrealized or discussed. This porosity can have both positive and negative effects on adhesive performance. A greater appreciation of how porosity relates to adhesive performance is important in designing new and improved adhesive formulations.

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    Frihart, Charles R. 2016. Adhesive Penetration of Wood and Its Effect on Bond Strength. 39th Annual Meeting The Adhesion Society, February 21-24, the Westin Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, Texas;


    wood porosity, adhesive, lumen, cell wall

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