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. To be able to study wood it has to be compared to other products. Materials properties, ease of it being worked on and its value are among the few properties which are compared against those of wood and other materials. The utilization of technology gives wood an upper hand in most of this comparison. Some of these advantages include wood being a versatile material that can be used in a wide range of 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.
The good appearance of your timber made structure cannot be guaranteed if protection of the timber is not done. This protection is from moisture and insects which are the biggest threat to wood. The water particles in the timber increase the rotting and the insects bore through the wood. Alkaline copper Quaternary or the ACQ has turned out to be a very effective way wood preservation. This is a copper-based preservative that is applied to the wood for protection. As effective as this preservative, it has some downside to its use. It has been seen corroding most metals for example aluminum in less than six months of its application. The species of the wood and the application of the wood will determine how many chemicals will be used on 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. This method is being accepted fast because is friendly to wooden fasteners. An alternative name to be given to this method is the micronized copper wood preservative method. In this process microscopic particles of solid copper metal are mixed in a liquid carrier and injected to the wood at high pressure. The difference between this method and the other copper-based methods is that the copper is used as a metal rather than a dissolved material. When this process is used to treat timber the timber properties are increased highly. The timber treated in this way is used in both outdoor and indoor frames that last very long.
Termites and fungal decay are just a few among the many problems wood treated from this method are protected against. It is not corrosive to metals used in together with the product. Extensive research over a period of 10 years has proven the effectiveness of this science as one of the best wood preservation methods.