A Guide to Wood Science
Wood science is the study of wood as a material that is renewable and of biological origin. In other words, the term wood science can also be known as wood technology. Wood is treated as a material in direct comparison with other products. The wood is checked against the other materials properties, performances, value, and work-ability. Wood has many advantages and this technology takes the advantages and utilizes them. The wide range of products where wood can be used is just one of the many advantages that give wood an upper hand over other products. Once a tree has been cut down another can be planted in the same spot. The other merit is that a part of the harvested material is at the same time used as energy to produce the product.
Protection of wooden structure and products is a must if you want to keep the good looks in place. Wooden structures have to be kept away from water and pests that eat through the wood. The moisture courses the timber to decay and the insects eat through the wood. Many methods are available in the treatment of wood one of the most common being the ACQ – alkaline copper Quaternary. As the name implies the preservative is made of copper products. Although being a good method to use for wood protection it has presents some few challenges. It has been seen corroding most metals for example aluminum in less than six months of its application. The saturation level of any treatment will depend on where the wood is going to be used and the species of the wood. The level of chemical concentration will be determined by where the piece of wood is going to be put to use.
The use of copper metal is another method of wood treatment that is fast being accepted. The use of this method is fast being accepted because it is not corroding the metal fasteners. An alternative name to be given to this method is the micronized copper wood preservative method. The copper metal is applied to the wood as small microscopic particles injected into the wood at high pressure. The process eliminates the need to dissolve the copper as is done in earlier copper-based preservatives. When this process is used to treat timber the timber properties are increased highly. The time the wood products treated using this method last is longer other types of treatment.
Termites and fungal decay are just a few among the many problems wood treated from this method are protected against. It has also shown to be an improvement in corrosion resistant properties to metal fasteners. Extensive research over a period of 10 years has proven the effectiveness of this science as one of the best wood preservation methods.