European Journal of Wood and Wood Products

, Volume 74, Issue 1, pp 131–133 | Cite as

Effects of slow pyrolysis derived birch distillate on the properties of wood-plastic composites

  • Taneli VäisänenEmail author
  • Laura Tomppo
  • Mikko Selenius
  • Reijo Lappalainen
Brief Original


Birch distillate was tested as an additive in commercial wood-plastic composites by studying the mechanical properties and water absorption of the modified composites prepared by injection molding. The addition of wood distillate decreased the water absorption (24 h) of some samples and increased the processability of the composite granules. This preliminary test sets a basis for further studies, which include the addition of different amounts and different fractions of the distillates and tests with different addition methods.


Lignin Water Absorption Sawdust Injection Molding Wood Fiber 
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The authors thank Antti Pietarinen for his expertise and help in sample preparation. This study was financially supported by ERDF (granted by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and companies (project 70049/2011, “Novel characterization methods and applications for wood-plastic composites, WPC”).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Taneli Väisänen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laura Tomppo
    • 1
  • Mikko Selenius
    • 2
  • Reijo Lappalainen
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied PhysicsUniversity of Eastern FinlandKuopioFinland
  2. 2.SIB LabsUniversity of Eastern FinlandKuopioFinland

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