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MOLINA, Julio C.; CALIL JUNIOR, Carlito and FREITAS, Roberto R. de. Mathematical model to estimate of the deterioration of wooden poles in contact with soil used in rural areas. Eng. Agríc. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.5, pp.1015-1026. ISSN 0100-6916. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-69162011000500019.
In São Paulo State, mainly in rural areas, the utilization of wooden poles is observed for different purposes. In this context, wood in contact with the ground presents faster deterioration, which is generally associated to environmental factors and, especially to the presence of fungi and insects. With the use of mathematical models, the useful life of wooden structures can be predicted by obtaining "climatic indexes" to indicate, comparatively among the areas studied, which have more or less tendency to fungi and insects attacks. In this work, by using climatological data of several cities at São Paulo State, a simplified mathematical model was obtained to measure the aggressiveness of the wood in contact with the soil.
Keywords : durability of wood; decay of wood; wooden poles.