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Title: Durability of wood-plastic composite lumber

Source: In: McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology 2010; pp. 113-116; 2010

Author(s)Ibach, Rebecca E.

Publication Year: 2010  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4707-2A

Abstract: Wood-plastic composite (WPC) lumber has been marketed as a low-maintenance, high-durability product. Retail sales in the United States were slightly less than $1 billion in 2008. Appliations include decking, railing, windows, doors, fencing, siding, moldings, landscape timbers, car interior parts, and furniture. The majority of these products are used outdoors and thus are exposed to moisture, decay, mold, and weathering. WPCs are composites made primarily from wood or cellulose-based materials and plastic(s).

Keywords: Wood plastic composites, composite materials, moisture, biodegradation, wood-decaying fungi, deterioration, weathering, molds, fungi, thermoplastic composites, polyethylene, wood flour, fiber-reinforced plastics, cellulose fibers, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, wood plastic materials, durability, resistance to decay, decay fungi, polymers, polymerization, photostabilizers, preservation, preservatives, plastic lumber

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 755 kb(s)

Date posted: 07/15/2010

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RITS Product ID: 35753
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Ibach, Rebecca E.
Research Chemist
  

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