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Enhanced Value of Moderate Grade Wood through High Temperature Modification in OilCompleted

Project leaders: Cooper, Paul
 

Objective:

Develop a thermally modified lumber product that can compete with wood plastic composites on the basis of cost, performance and health and environmental considerations. This research will:

  • Identify suitable oil and processing conditions to impart thermal modification to moderate grade and value Canadian species (spruce, balsam fir and maple);
  • Identify and evaluate oil additives to enhance water resistance, UV weathering resistance, dimensional stability and decay and insect resistance;
  • Establish appropriate processing conditions for thermal modification with these oil based solutions;
  • Confirm if the expected enhanced performance is realized;
  • Do cost analysis and preliminary life cycle analysis of the most promising processes.

Start date: 2003-04-09 End date: 2005-03-09
 

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For more information on this project, please contact:

Cooper, Paul
University of Toronto
Email: p.cooper@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 946-5078
Fax: (416) 978-3834
 
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