Biological degradation of Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) and strategies for improving the resistance of WPC against biological decay

Anke Schirp, Rebecca E. Ibach, David E. Pendleton, Michael P. Wolcott

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Abstract

Much of the research on wood-plastic composites (WPC) has focused on formulation development and processing while high biological durability of the material was assumed. The gap between assumption and knowledge in biodeterioration of WPC needs to be reduced. Although some information on the short-term resistance of WPC against biological degradation is available, long-term data are required in order to adequately evaluate the performance of these relatively new materials and to enable use of WPC for structural applications. The influence of abiotic factors on material performance also has to be considered. Thus, further market growth and differentiation, especially in Europe, may be achieved while simultaneously standardization issues are dealt with.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDevelopment of Commercial Wood Preservatives
Subtitle of host publicationEfficacy, Environmental, and Health Issues
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Pages480-507
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9780841239517
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2008

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
Volume982
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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