Improvements of stability and durability of beechwood (Fagus sylvatica) by means of treatment with acetic anhydride

IRG/WP 3645

H Militz

In the present investigations, beechwood (Fagus sylvatica) was treated with non-catalysed acetic anhydrid at 120°C and some physical- and biological parameters of the treated wood were compared with those of non-treated wood. The radial and tangential shrinkage and swelling, respectively, and the absorption capacity of the acetylated wood against moisture is considerably lower. The durability against fungi improves. The results are discussed.


Keywords: ACETIC ANHYDRIDE; ACETYLATION; CHEMICAL MODIFICATION; DIMENSIONAL STABILIZATION; DURABILITY; FAGUS SYLVATICA

Conference: 91-05-20/24 Kyoto, Japan


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