A non-destructive approach for assessing decay in preservative treated wood

L. Machek, M. L. Edlund, R. Sierra-Alvarez, H. Militz

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This study investigated the suitability of the non-destructive vibration-impulse excitation technique to assess the attack of preservative-treated wood in contact with the ground. Small stakes (10×5×100 mm3) of treated and untreated Scots pine sapwood were exposed to decay in laboratory-scale terrestrial ecosystems. Different soils were used to prove the influence of different types of wood destroying micro-organisms. Wood decay was monitored periodically for one year by determining mass losses and changes in dynamic modulus of elasticity. The results show a large variability in resistance against attacking fungi, depending on wood preservative and soil type. The non-destructive approach using the dynamic modulus of elasticity proved to be a good and sensitive tool for assessing the attack of stakes in laboratory soil testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-417
Number of pages7
JournalWood Science and Technology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Plant Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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