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Enhancing the durability of low durability Eucalyptus plantation species: A review of strategies


Wood, KC and Morrell, JJ and Leggate, W, Enhancing the durability of low durability Eucalyptus plantation species: A review of strategies, Proceedings IRG Annual Meeting 2020, 10 - 11 June 2020, online, pp. 1-19. ISSN 2000-8953 (2020) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Eucalyptus species native to Australia have shown excellent growth rates, good physical properties and resistance to diseases. As a result, they are widely planted globally for a variety of uses. One negative aspect of many of these faster growing species is that they have a high percentage of low durability heartwood that resists preservative treatment. In Australia, large plantations of these species were established near the end of the 20th Century, primarily for paper production. However, shifting priorities have encouraged a re-examination of possible uses for these materials. Shining gum (Eucalyptus nitens) is an important plantation species in Tasmania. Among the possible uses for this species are those requiring enhanced durability. This paper reviews the options for enhancing the durability of Shining gum heartwood for structural and appearance product applications in both interior and exterior exposures.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:durability, Eucalyptus nitens, Tasmanian plantation hardwood, treatment, thermal modification, Shining gum, durability, heartwood, refractory, incising, permeability
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural science and technology
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction materials performance and processes
Objective Field:Timber materials
UTAS Author:Wood, KC (Dr Kyra Wood)
ID Code:148305
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2021-12-17
Last Modified:2021-12-20

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