Fungal decay of viscoelastic thermal compressed (VTC) wood
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Low-density hybrid poplar (Populus deltoides × Populus trichocarpa) was densified with the viscoelastic thermal compression (VTC) process to three different degrees of densification (63%, 98%, and 132%). Durability of the VTC treated specimens was assessed by exposure to two white rot fungi (Pleurotus ostreatus and Trametes versicolor) for four or eight weeks. After incubation, mass loss in grams and percentage mass loss were determined. The results showed that VTC densification did not change decay resistance to Pleurotus ostreatus and Trametes versicolor. The mass losses caused by Trametes versicolor were more extensive than those by Pleurotus ostreatus. As expected, longer exposure time resulted in higher mass loss. Furthermore, the degree of densification did not influence susceptibility to fungal degradation.
KeywordsMass Loss Tension Wood Wood Specimen Pleurotus Ostreatus Trametes Versicolor
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