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Advanced analysis tools and programs to accelerate the adoption of more natural structuresAuthor(s): Christopher G. Hunt; Joseph Jakes; Charles Frihart
Source: In: Proceedings, COST action FP1407 - 3rd conference, Wood modification research and applications. Kuchl, Austria: Salzburg University of Applied Sciences: 19-20.
Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionWhile wood is a highly desirable building material from an ecological and sustainability perspective, we do not understand its fundamental properties nearly as well as we understand competing materials such as steel and concrete. We can avoid toxic preservatives by acetylating wood, but we don’t fundamentally understand why acetylation works. Hydroxymethylated resorcinol (HMR) can dramatically improve the water resistance of wood bonds, but no one has been able to explain the mechanism. This lack of understanding slows progress by forcing wood technology industries to rely on inefficient empirical strategies to develop and validate new products and technologies.
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CitationHunt, Christopher G.; Jakes, Joseph; Frihart, Charles. 2017. Advanced analysis tools and programs to accelerate the adoption of more natural structures. In: Proceedings, COST action FP1407 - 3rd conference, Wood modification research and applications. Kuchl, Austria: Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. p. 19-20.
KeywordsWood properties, structure-property relationships, durability, adhesives
- Advanced wood- and bio-composites : enhanced performance and sustainability
- Structure and function of wood
- Structure and Function of Wood
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