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Wettability and Color Change of Thermally Treated Poplar OSB after Accelerated Weathering Test

Version 1 : Received: 28 March 2018 / Approved: 29 March 2018 / Online: 29 March 2018 (04:38:44 CEST)

How to cite: Negro, F.; Cetera, P.; Cremonini, C.; Todaro, L.; Zanuttini, R. Wettability and Color Change of Thermally Treated Poplar OSB after Accelerated Weathering Test. Preprints 2018, 2018030242 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201803.0242.v1). Negro, F.; Cetera, P.; Cremonini, C.; Todaro, L.; Zanuttini, R. Wettability and Color Change of Thermally Treated Poplar OSB after Accelerated Weathering Test. Preprints 2018, 2018030242 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201803.0242.v1).

Abstract

Oriented strand board (OSB) panels are widely marketed for several applications, from building to packaging. The manufacturing of poplar OSB started recently in Northern Italy representing a relevant innovation in the sector since this product is usually made of coniferous wood. The thermal treatment is widely used for reducing the hygroscopicity of wood-based products, nonetheless it influences the mechanical behavior and degrades the main components of wood, which can affect their finishing. Therefore, it is important to know the properties of the treated surfaces. To this purpose, in this study a lot of OSB panels, made of poplar wood, 15 mm thick and with a density of 590 kg/m3, were thermally treated under vacuum conditions at 190 °C for 2 h and then subjected to accelerated weathering. The changes in color and in wettability due to treatment and accelerated weathering were studied. The thermal treatment determined a significant darkening of the color; the accelerated weathering darkened the untreated surfaces and, on the opposite, lightened the thermo-treated surfaces. The wettability decreased after thermal treatment and increased after weathering, more evidently in treated panels. Overall, this study improves the knowledge about the behavior of the surface of thermo-treated poplar OSB, which is relevant for the industrial coating of this product.

Subject Areas

accelerated weathering test; color change; poplar OSB; wettability

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