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Improving the stability of beech wood with polyester treatment based on malic acid

Abstract : Abstract The improvement of durability and dimensional stability of wood properties via modification of the microstructure and wood–water interaction has been widely utilised. This study investigated polyester treatments, a possible alternative, using environmentally friendly chemicals such as malic acid to improve the beech wood ( Fagus sylvatica ) properties. The modified properties have been studied with four treatments using malic acid, glycerol, butanediol and succinic anhydride, mixing polycarboxylic acids and polyols. Results showed that the anti-swelling-efficiency (ASE) improved up to 70%, and the bulking coefficient improved around 23%, exhibiting an efficient penetration within the cell walls. The leaching rates (LR) of treatments and the extractables remained low, between 0.05 and 2.4%. The equilibrium moisture content (EMC) decreased by 50% for the four treatments, compared to untreated beech wood.
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Adèle Chabert, Emmanuel Fredon, Romain Rémond. Improving the stability of beech wood with polyester treatment based on malic acid. Holzforschung, De Gruyter, 2021, ⟨10.1515/hf-2021-0030⟩. ⟨hal-03581123⟩



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