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Wood Preservation: Strategies For The Future

P. Vinden, J. A. Butcher
Published 2005 · Engineering

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1 ABSTRACT The preservative treatment of wood has become an issue and focus for environmentalists, and for environmental and health administrators. Irrespective of scientific evidence to support a benign impact of wood preservatives on the environment, both public and political pressure will probably demand the use of less-toxic chemicals. The dilemma of finding and introducing effective substitutes for the broad spectrum fungicides in current use is discussed. The role of new process development is highlighted in relation to providing “just-in-time” processing and integration of operations. The concept of totally contained treatment is demonstrated. In an era of product development, it is argued that the preservation industry needs to broaden its horizons to provide additional improvements to wood properties. These other properties could include dimensional stabilisation, fire resistance, and improved physical and visual characteristics.
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