Effect of Nano-silver Treatment on Densified Poplar Wood Properties. Part Two: Spring Back, Compression set, Impact Load Resistance and Hardness
G Rassam, H Reza Taghiyari, B Jamnani, M Ali Khajeh
This paper is the second part of the study of applying nano-silver treatment before densification of poplar wood (Popolus alba). The specimens were prepared in four groups of: 1) nano-silver impregnated 2) water impregnated 3) dried with no impregnation and 4) the control specimens. The impregnation process was done by empty cell process. Then, the groups of 1 to 3 were compressed in a hot press at the temperatures of 150 and 175ᵒc for 1 and 4 hours. Spring-back, compression set, impact load resistance and hardness values of specimens were determined and all data were analyzed statistically. The measurements of mechanical properties were carried out according to ASTM D-143. The results showed that by nano-silver treatment, spring back, compression set and impact load resistance were improved, significantly. The best amounts of spring-back (0.24%) and compression set (35.26%) were seen in specimens which were impregnated with nano-silver solution and compressed at 175 for 4 hours. The best amount of impact load resistance (34915.0 J/m2) belonged to the nano-silver treated specimens which were compressed at 150 for 4 hours. The maximum amounts of hardness values (37.16 N/mm2) were related to the non-treated specimens which were compressed at 175 for 4 hours. On the whole, based on the results of part one and this one, applying nano-silver treatment can be resulted in obtaining optimal physical and mechanical properties in densified poplar wood. The results of this study will be useful for producing a novel densified wood which can be applicable for some structural uses such as flooring.