Rapid fixation of Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) wood preservatives by microwave treatment

IRG/WP 00-40184

G Torgovnikov, P Vinden, E Mapanda, P R S Cobham

Rapid microwave heating of freshly chromated copper arsenate (CCA) treated timber indicates that rapid preservative fixation is possible within approximately 40 seconds. The leaching of CCA was evaluated using simulated rainfall. Cost analyses indicates that microwave fixation using an on-line conveyor belt fixation process with an output of 4m3/hour using a microwave power supply of 230 kW costs approximately AU$ 16/m3 for electricity costs of AU$ 0.077/kW-h. When electricity cost are AUS$ 0.017/kW-h the treatment costs are reduced to AU$ 10/m3.


Conference: 00-05-14/19 Kona, Hawaii, USA

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