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Electrokinetic Durability Enhancement of Southern Pine

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Due to the difficulty in treating southern pine heartwood, which can lead to wood decay, the development of an effective treatment allowing heartwood penetration could significantly impact the lumber industry. The objective of the investigator of this research is to develop a treatment process for freshly cut yellow pine that does not require heating or pressure while enhancing strength and durability using a low toxicity agent loaded for minimal leaching. Specifically, methods for electrokinetic injection will be examined in light of the success of such processes. In a two phase process, the investigator proposes to evaluate wood strength, leaching, and preservation effectiveness through the development process. Phase I will involve treatments focusing on effective transport and strength development. Phase II will determine treatment impacts on durability and leaching tendencies.  


Principal Investigator:  Cardenas, Henry  --  Mechanical Engineering
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Funding Agencies:  Ouachita Biomass, Inc.
Amount Awarded:  9,399

Start Period:  08/01/2014 End Period:  06/30/2015
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