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Title: Double duty: Boron rods as a simple, low capital alternative for dual treatment of ties and timbers

Source: Railway Track and Structures; Track Buyer’s Guide 2021

Author(s)Mankowski, Mark , E. .; Konkler, Matthew; Bell, Craig; Kirker, Grant T.; Lebow, Stan; Morrell, Jeffery; Renfroe, James

Publication Year: 2021  View PDF »

Category: Not Classified
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4723-3C

Abstract: he Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), part of the USDA, in Madison, Wis., along with its new satellite laboratory in Starkville, Miss., have been involved in the examination and testing of wood preservative systems to improve durability of railroad ties and other wood products for the last 110 years. In keeping with the spirit of a pragmatic approach to research, FPL continues to devote a signifcant portion of its efforts toward applied research in wood preservation, often in collaboration with industry and university partners. In September of 2018, the FPL Starkville group partnered with Wood Care Systems, Kirkland, Wash., to establish a test to examine diffusion of boron from boron rods placed in green, high-moisture content, red and white oak timbers and ties. Premature replacement of crossties and bridge timbers is extremely costly and labor intensive, making options for service life extension highly attractive.

Keywords: Boron rods; diffusion; dual treatment; creosote; cross ties; bridge timbers

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 4,096 kb(s)

Date posted: 03/17/2021

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RITS Product ID: 10127
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Kirker, Grant
Research Forest Products Technologist
Lebow, Stan T.
Research Forest Products Technologist
Mankowski, Mark
Research Entomologist

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