Non-destructive evaluation of termite and decay damaged to timber-in- service

IRG/WP 10-20451

C Adam, B M Ahmed Shiday, G Brodie

A leading joint research project was financed by the ARC, engaging some of the leading Universities in Australia, to look at field techniques to determine if timber-in-service is infested with termites and decay fungi after which microwave technology will be employed to eliminate the termites and/or decay in-situ. The next step will be to quantify the damage caused on the sectional dimensions of the pole to enable us to make a decision about whether to replace or repair the timber-in-service under investigation. The purpose of this paper is to explore the development of non-destructive detecting for quantifying any damage caused by the termite and/or decay attacks. Some preliminary tests were conducted and a literature review was conducted on existing methods of non-destructive evaluation to explore new methods and evaluate the degree of damage that termites and decay cause to timber-in-service and its structure.

Keywords: non-destructive evaluation, termite, decay, timber-in-service, microwave technology, quantifying damage, detecting

Conference: 10-05-09/13 Biarritz, France

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