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Title: Physical Deterioration of Preservative Treated Poles and Pilings Exposed to Salt Water

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-203, 2011

Author(s)Grant T. Kirker; Jessie Glaeser; Stan T. Lebow; Frederick Green III; Carol A. Clausen

Publication Year: 2011  View PDF »

Category: General Technical Reports
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4723-3

Abstract: This report details the results of laboratory analyses of wooden pilings sent to the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in March 2011. These samples were removed from coastal wooden posts, poles, piles, and deck boards. A total of 22 samples, consisting of either core borings or surface fiber samples, were removed from four installations along the South Carolina coast. Methods focusing on the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the wood determined that the 22 specimen samples consisting of core borings and surface fiber samples were physically deteriorated by salt accumulation and not biological deterioration. This report presents the findings of these analyses and discusses the cause of the documented damage.

Keywords: Defibration; salt damage; salt kill; pilings; dock fungus; non-biological damage; tracheid separation; preservation; salt; salt weathering; wood poles; piling; poles; preservatives; wood preservatives; deterioration; degradation; saline water; exposure; saltwater; marine environment

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 829 kb(s)

Date posted: 10/23/2011

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RITS Product ID: 41149
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Clausen, Carol A.
Supervisory Research Microbiologist
Green, Frederick
Research Microbiologist
Kirker, Grant
Research Forest Products Technologist
Lebow, Stan T.
Research Forest Products Technologist

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