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dc.titleA preliminary study on the thermal conductivity and flammability of WPC based on some tropical woods
dc.contributor.authorChia, L.H.L.
dc.contributor.authorChua, P.H.
dc.contributor.authorLee, E.E.N.
dc.identifier.citationChia, L.H.L.,Chua, P.H.,Lee, E.E.N. (1985). A preliminary study on the thermal conductivity and flammability of WPC based on some tropical woods. Radiation Physics and Chemistry 26 (4) : 423-432. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.description.abstractSelected local woods and their wood-polymer combinations or composites (WPC) were tested for their thermal conductivity and their fire resistance. WPC were prepared by polymerizing monomers "in situ" in oven dried woods by gamma radiation. The monomers included acrylonitrile (AN), 60% styrene-40% acrylonitrile (STAN), methyl methacrylate (MMA), 95% methyl methacrylate -5% dioxane (MD), and vinylidene chloride (VDC). A reduction in thermal conductivity was exhibited by all the composites prepared. W-PAN showed the greatest reduction in thermal conductivity and W-PSTAN in general showed the least. An explanation is suggested for this behaviour. The polymers PMMA and PMD were found to enhance flammability of the woods while PVDC, PAN, and PSTAN imparted fire resistance to the woods. Of the six local woods studied, Ramin-and-Keruing-polymer composites showed the highest flammable tendencies obtained. The correlation of thermal conductivity to flammability is discussed. © 1985.
dc.description.sourcetitleRadiation Physics and Chemistry
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