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Title: Wood products : thermal degradation and fire

Author: White, R.H.; Dietenberger, M.A.;

Date: 2001

Source: Encyclopedia of materials : science and technology. [S.l.] : Elsevier Science Ltd, c2001: Pages 9712-9716

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Wood is a thermally degradable and combustible material. Applications range from a biomass providing useful energy to a building material with unique properties. Wood products can contribute to unwanted fires and be destroyed as well. Minor amounts of thermal degradation adversely affect structural properties. Therefore, knowledge of the thermal degradation and fire performance of wood can be critical in many applications. Chemical treatments are available to improve fire performance characteristics.

Keywords: Wood products, thermal degradation, fire performance

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White, R.H.; Dietenberger, M.A. 2001. Wood products : thermal degradation and fire. Encyclopedia of materials : science and technology. [S.l.] : Elsevier Science Ltd, c2001: Pages 9712-9716


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