Hardened and impregnated wood are new materials that present new product opportunities for the wood product industry. These new materials have different properties and applications than untreated wood. Preliminary tests at Forintek and the University of New Brunswick showed that through mechanical densification and/or combination of densification with impregnation, the cost of wood hardening and dimensional stabilization can be greatly reduced.
This project is to be conducted in parallel with the “Improvement of Surface Properties of Low Density Wood: Mechanical Modification With Heat Treatment”.
- Characterize the properties of impregnated and hardened western hemlock, red maple, aspen, tamarack, and white pine;
- Identify and recommend appropriate end uses for each new material, taking material properties and economics into account
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