Chemical investigation of 23-year-old CDDC treated southern yellow pine
D P Kamdem, C R McIntyre
The effect of 23 years exterior exposure on CDDC treated southern yellow pine was evaluated by the application of solid state analytical instrumentation. Analytical methods including environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM),energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDXA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma (ICP) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) were used to study CDDC treated wood. The results of this study support modification of CDDC in treated wood with time. Data from ICP and AAS analysis indicated that about 60% of copper and 81% of SDDC are removed from the 1/8"shell of the below ground portion of the stakes after 23 year field exposure. The molar ratio of SDDC to copper for freshly treated southern yellow pine is 2 while it is reduced to 1 after 23 years field exposure. ESEM micrographs and EDXA data confirm the presence of solids rich in copper and sulfur similar to that of CDDC in freshly treated samples. XRD patterns suggest some modifications in the CDDC solids remaining in wood after 23 years.