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International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation
63, No.8, 2009; Pages:1030 - 1035

Evaluation of accelerated decay of wood plastic composites by Xylophagus fungi

M.G. Lomelí-Ramírez, H.G. Ochoa-Ruiz, F.J. Fuentes-Talavera, S. García-Enriquez, M.A. Cerpa-Gallegos, J.A. Silva-Guzmán

Manufactura de Plásticos, Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Industrial, Nueva Escocia No.1885, Col. Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.


The resistance to fungal attack of wood plastic composites (WPCs) containing 40% polypropylene and 60% either pine, maple or oak, wt%/wt%, was examined. WPCs specimens were made using the hot press system. Resistance to decay was evaluated using soil block and agar tests. Test specimens were exposed to either white-rot fungi, Trametes versicolor or Phanerochaete chrysosporium, or the brown-rot fungi Gloeophyllum trabeum or Postia placenta for six or 12 weeks. Moisture content and weight loss were used to assess the extent of decay of WPCs. Rates of decay in WPCs exposed in soil-block tests were greater than those exposed in the agar. WPCs containing either maple or oak were more susceptible to fungal attack then those containing pine.

Keywords:Wood plastic composite; Xylophagus fungi; Decay; Accelerated test.



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