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Title: Wood-polymer composites from tropical hardwoods I. WPC properties
Authors: Yap, M.G.S. 
Chia, L.H.L. 
Teoh, S.H. 
Issue Date: Mar-1990
Citation: Yap, M.G.S.,Chia, L.H.L.,Teoh, S.H. (1990-03). Wood-polymer composites from tropical hardwoods I. WPC properties. Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology 10 (1) : 1-19. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Wood-polymer composites (WPC) of 13 different Malaysian tropical hardwoods and 10 vinyl monomers and mixtures of monomers were prepared by in situ polymerisation using gamma radiation or the catalyst-heat treatment. WPC showed improvement in termite and fungal resistance, dimensional stability and mechanical properties such as hardness, compression and static bending strengths. Thermal conductivities of WPC were found to be lower than the respective wood. From crib tests and oxygen indices, vinylidene chloride, bis(2-chloroethyl) vinyl phosphanate and bis (chloropropyl)-2-propene phosphonate were found to impart flame retarding properties to the WPC prepared. The dielectric constants of most of the WPC were marginally lower than that for the untreated wood.
Source Title: Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology
ISSN: 02773813
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