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Forest Biopolymer Science and Engineering

Project Title :  Developing and testing new materials for advanced structures
Project Number : FPL-4707-1A
Start Date : 08-24-2007
End Date : 08-23-2012

View the 26 publications associated with this project.

Gregory SchuenemanPrincipal Investigator:
Gregory Schueneman

Non Technical Summary
The research under this problem is expected to result in a better understanding of the chemical and physical properties of wood and wood surfaces and the interaction of wood with other materials (coatings, fire retardants, preservatives, water repellents, inorganic nano-materials, etc.), more robust building materials with longer service life, more efficient use of wood resources, more dimensionally stable wood products, and value-added wood products. Understanding the interactions of wood and non wood materials and processes for using these materials are vital to improving wood performance and for modifying wood and wood surfaces for greater stability and durability in exterior exposure.

Objectives Summary
Materials and structural components for advanced structures will be developed for specific high-performance applications. Design strategies will take into account climatic conditions, severe weather, and other natural disasters (e.g. floods, earthquakes), fire danger, and intended use. Components will be designed to permit easy and efficient on-site construction. We will develop materials and component systems that are robust, designed for long service life with minimal maintenance, and easy disposed and recycling at the end of their useful service life. It is anticipated that these components will include advanced composites and that their development will coincide with developments in other problem areas, other research work units within Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), and our partners outside of FPL.

Approach Summary
FPL-4707-1 requires coordinated basic and applied research using materials science methods and advanced instrumentation to develop new wood-based materials, structure components, efficient manufacturing/fabrication processes, and reliability-based service life prediction metrology and methodology. Basic principles and recent advances in chemistry, biology, and physics facilitate development of advanced structures through modification of wood and wood-based materials to meet specific needs. Basic research will characterize structure property relationships of materials at the molecular-, nano-, micro-, and macro-scales and will answer fundamental questions in areas such as nano-scale modification of the cell wall and its effect on surface and bulk properties, water and water vapor transmission through materials, and the retardation or inhibition of degradation through polymer modification. Studies will use nano-scale methods for determining bonding and improving our understanding of the mechanisms of physical, chemical, and biological degradation. Degradation mechanisms will be investigated through basic and applied laboratory and field studies. Information gained through basic research will lead to applied research to develop new building products, develop simple and efficient construction techniques, and improve performance of existing products and processing.

Publications associated with this Project

Publication YearTitleDate Posted
2012A Systematic Approach to the Study of Accelerated weathering of Building Joint Sealants09/18/12
2012A Test Method for Monitoring Modulus Changes during Durability Tests on Building Joint Sealants09/18/12
2009Durability of Building Joint Sealants02/09/10
2011Durability of sealants exposed to outdoor weathering and hot compression cycles12/01/11
2008Effect of Surface Preparation on Service Life of Top-coats Applied to Weathered Primer Paint10/06/10
2009Evaluating Cyclic Fatigue of Sealants During Outdoor Testing05/17/10
2009Factors effecting paint performance on wood siding07/15/10
2009Improving the Performance of Painted Wood Siding: Rain Screen, End-Grain Seal, and Back Priming10/06/09
2012In Situ Measurement of Compression set in Building Sealants During Outdoor Aging12/14/11
2011Installation, Care, and Maintenance of Wood Shake and Shingle Roofs11/07/11
2011Installation, Care, and Maintenance of Wood Shake and Shingle Siding11/07/11
2008Integrated biomass technologies: future vision for optimally using wood and biomass10/15/10
2010Investigating Deformation in HDPE-Wood Flour Composites Using Uniaxial Tension and Nanoindentation Experiments05/17/10
2011Investigation of Benign ionic content in epoxy that induces microelectronic device failure12/01/11
2009Involvement of reactive oxygen species in the electrochemical inhibition of barnacle (Amphibalanus amphitrite) settlement05/17/10
2010Laboratory Evaluation of Borate/Amine/Zinc Formulations in Wood for Fungal Decay Protection03/29/11
2011Laboratory evaluation of borate:Amine:Copper derivatives in wood for fungal decay protection10/03/11
2009Outdoor weathering of sol-gel-treated wood10/06/10
2008Periodate and hypobromite modification of Southern pine wood to improve sorption of copper ion10/15/10
2011Photostability and moisture uptake properties of wood veneers coated with a combination of thin sol-gel films and light stabilizers05/16/11
2009Sol-Gel Modification of Wood Substrates to Retard Weathering10/06/10
2009Surface Modification of Wood by Alkoxysilane Sol-Gel Deposition to Create Anti-mold and Anti-fungal Characteristics08/23/10
2010Synthesis and Evaluation of Dioctylaminoborate in Wood for Brown Rot Decay Protection03/08/11
2010Weathering characteristics and moisture uptake properties of wood coated with water-borne sol-gel thin films09/29/11

Project Summaries last modified: 06-22-2011