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Sorption and surface energy properties of thermally modified spruce wood components
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Building Materials.
Georg August Univ Gottingen, Wood Biol & Wood Prod, DE-37077 Gottingen, Germany.;Aalto Univ, Dept Bioprod & Biosyst, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland..
Georg August Univ Gottingen, Wood Biol & Wood Prod, DE-37077 Gottingen, Germany..
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Building Materials.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9156-3161
2018 (English)In: Wood and Fiber Science, ISSN 0735-6161, Vol. 50, no 3, p. 346-357Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The objective of this work is to study the water vapor sorption and surface energy properties of thermally modified wood (TMW) components, ie wood processing residuals in the form of sawdust. The thermal modification was performed on spruce wood components using a steam-pressurized laboratoryscale reactor at two different temperature (T) and relative humidity (RH) conditions, T = 150 degrees C and RH = 100% (TMW150), and T = 180 degrees C and RH = 46% (TMW180). A dynamic vapor sorption (DVS) technique was used to determine water vapor sorption isotherms of the samples for three adsorption-desorption cycles at varying RH between 0% and 95%. Inverse gas chromatography (IGC) was used to study the surface energy properties of the samples, including dispersive and polar characteristics. The DVS results showed that the EMC was reduced by 30-50% for the TMW samples compared with control samples of unmodified wood (UW) components. A lower reduction was, however, observed for the second and third adsorption cycles compared with that of the first cycle. Ratios between EMC of TMW and that of UW samples were lower for the TMW180 compared with the TMW150 samples, and an overall decrease in such EMC ratios was observed at higher RH for both TMW samples. The IGC results showed that the dispersive contribution to the surface energy was higher at lower surface coverages, ie representing the higher energy sites, for the TMW compared with the UW samples. In addition, an analysis of the acid-base properties indicated a higher KB than KA number, ie a higher basic than acidic contribution to the surface energy, for all the samples. A higher KB number was also observed for the TMW compared with the UW samples, suggested to relate to the presence of ether bonds from increased lignin and/or extractives content at the surface. The KB was lower for TMW180 compared with TMW150, as a result of higher modification temperature of the first, leading to cleavage of these ether bonds.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Society of Wood Science and Technology , 2018. Vol. 50, no 3, p. 346-357
Keywords [en]
Thermally modified wood, dynamic vapor sorption (DVS), inverse gas chromatography (IGC), Norway spruce, surface energy, acid-base properties
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-232780ISI: 000439305600010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85050353079OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-232780DiVA, id: diva2:1236591
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, EnWoBio 2014-172
Note

QC 20180803

Available from: 2018-08-03 Created: 2018-08-03 Last updated: 2018-08-24Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Characterisation of thermally modified wood for use as component in biobased building materials
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Characterisation of thermally modified wood for use as component in biobased building materials
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The building sector shows growing interest in biobased building materials. Wood components, here defined as ground or milled wood, i.e. by-products (residuals/residues) from wood processing, such as sawdust or shavings, are valuable raw materials for new types of durable biocomposites suitable for outdoor building applications. An important research question related to such composites is how to characterise and enhance molecular interactions, i.e. adhesion properties, between wood and binder components. Another challenge is the hygroscopicity of the wood component, which can lead to dimensional changes and interfacial cracks during exposure to varying moisture conditions. Thermal modification of wood reduces its hygroscopicity, thereby, increasing its durability, e.g. its dimensional stability and resistance to biodeterioration. The hypothesis is that the use of thermally modified wood (TMW) components in biocomposites can enhance their durability properties and, at the same time, increase the value of residues from TMW processing. The main objective of this thesis is to study and analyse the surface and sorption properties of TMW components using inverse gas chromatography (IGC), dynamic vapour sorption (DVS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and the multicycle Wilhelmy plate method. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the surface and sorption characteristics of TMW components to enable the design of optimal adhesion properties and material combinations (compatibility) for use in biocomposites, especially suitable for outdoor and moist building material applications. Samples of TMW and unmodified wood (UW) components of Norway spruce (Picea abies Karst.) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) heartwood were prepared and analysed with respect to surface energetics, hygroscopicity, liquid sorption and resulting swelling. The work also included analysis of surface chemical composition, as well as influences of extractives and moisture sorption history. The effect of using TMW components in a wood plastic composite (WPC) exposed to a series of soaking-drying cycles in water was studied with a focus on water sorption, swelling and micromorphological changes. The IGC analyses indicate that TMW components of spruce have a more heterogeneous surface energy character, i.e. a distinctly higher dispersive part of surface energy for low surface coverages, than do UW components. This is suggested to be due to the higher percentage of hydrophobic extractives present in TMW samples. Lewis acid-base analysis indicates that both UW and TMW components from spruce have a predominantly basic character and an enhanced basicity for the latter ones. Results show that both the hygroscopicity and water liquid uptake are lower for TMW than for UW samples. Unexpectedly, a significantly lower rate of water uptake was found for the extracted UW of pine heartwood than for non-extracted samples. In the former case, this is presumably due to contamination effects from water-soluble extractives, which increase capillary flow into wood voids, as proven by a decrease in water surface tension. Water uptake as well as swelling was significantly reduced for the WPCs with TMW and hot-water extracted UW components compared with the WPCs with UW components. This reduction also resulted in fewer wood component-polymer interfacial cracks in the WPCs with the modified wood components.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. iii, 50
Series
TRITA-ABE-DLT ; 1818
Keywords
Thermally modified wood (TMW) components, surface properties, inverse gas chromatography (IGC), water sorption, dynamic vapour sorption (DVS)
National Category
Materials Chemistry
Research subject
Civil and Architectural Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-233569 (URN)978-91-7729-860-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-09-19, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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EnWoBio - Engineered Wood and Biobased Building Materials Laboratory
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Swedish Research Council Formas, EnWoBio 2014-172
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QC 20180824

Available from: 2018-08-24 Created: 2018-08-24 Last updated: 2018-08-24Bibliographically approved

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