Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2015
Novel hydrophobization of wood by epoxidized linseed oil. Part 2. Characterization by FTIR spectroscopy and SEM, and determination of mechanical properties and field test performanceJebrane, Mohamed; Fernández-Cano, Víctor; Panov, Dmitri; Terziev, Nasko; Daniel, Geoffrey
AbstractScots pine samples were impregnated with epoxidized linseed oil (ELO) by means of a two-step process, and the effect of treatments has been studied concerning the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, mechanical properties, moisture uptake, and field test performance. FTIR analysis of ELO-treated samples revealed that part of the ELO epoxy reactive group was chemically bound to the hydroxyl groups of wood. ELO-treated samples have improved dimensional stability, while the mechanical properties were slightly reduced and the moisture uptake was significantly lowered. The field performance of lap joints treated with ELO (90 kg m(-3)) after 60 months' exposure showed great improvements in performance, as the average annual moisture content (MC) was maintained at the level of 19.3% compared to 34.6% for lap joints treated with linseed oil (LO). The lap-joint area was not stained, and less discoloration by staining fungi on the external surfaces was observed in ELO-treated samples compared to samples treated with LO.
Keywordsepoxidized linseed oil; mechanical properties; modified wood; moisture uptake; Scots pine sapwood; SEM; two-step process of modification
2015, volume: 69, number: 2, pages: 179-186
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