Thermally modified timber treated with methacrylate

IRG/WP 18-40849

O Karlsson, O Myronycheva, DJones, D Elustondo, D Sandberg

Thermally modified timber (TMT) from Scots pine sapwood similar to Thermo-D quality was impregnated with methacrylate resin by the hot-and-cold method and subsequently cured at elevated temperatures. The results showed that methacrylate resin could be used to reduce colouring of painted TMT wood during accelerated weathering probably by hindering the migration of extractives. The resin itself did not reduce greying of the unpainted wood. Hardness was only slightly improved by treatment with the resin probably due to a higher density of the material. Formation of blisters occurred but was reduced by treatment with the resin. Resistance to mould growth by a mixture of Aureobasidium pullulans, Cladosporium cladosporioides, Aspergillus versicolor, Penicillium purpurogenum was performed by applying EN-15457:2014. Treatment with methacrylic resin hindered the colonisation of the three last mould fungi.

Keywords: TMT, Scots pine, methacrylic resin, mould, bulking, extractives

Conference: 18-04-29/05-03 Johannesburg, South Africa

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