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Avast Ye Salty Dogs: Salt damage in the context of coastal residential construction and historical maritime timbersAuthor(s): Grant T. Kirker; Samuel L. Zelinka; Leandro Passarini
Source: 2016 Proceedings of the American Wood Protection Association. American Wood Protection Association: 179-185.
Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionSalt damage is a frequent problem in wood exposed to seawater and other saline environments. Symptoms of salt damage are often referred to as fuzzy wood and have been historically considered non-structural damage, but a growing number of customer inquiries have prompted a re-evaluation of this phenomenon. This paper details several case studies involving salt damage, discusses current knowledge on the underlying mechanisms and highlights on-going work at the Forest Products Laboratory to investigate the causes and effects of salt on wood. A better understanding of the salt damage process will eventually lead to remedial treatment options.
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CitationKirker, Grant T.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Passarini, Leandro. 2016. Avast Ye Salty Dogs: Salt damage in the context of coastal residential construction and historical maritime timbers. In: 2016 Proceedings of the American Wood Protection Association. American Wood Protection Association: 179-185.
KeywordsSalt damage, tracheid defibration, coastal construction, historic ships, wood preservation
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