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Abstract

RODRIGUES, Waldemir; ESPINOSA, Mariano Martínez  and  POLITO, Wagner Luis. Comparison of the compressive strength of impregnated and nonimpregnated eucalyptus subjected to two different pressures and impregnation times. Mat. Res. [online]. 2004, vol.7, n.2, pp. 241-245. ISSN 1516-1439.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-14392004000200005.

The durability of wood is affected by several factors. For this reason, much research has been done on a variety of chemical compounds for impregnating wood, aimed at preserving it while simultaneously improving its properties. Recent studies of the properties of impregnated wood have demonstrated the possibility of substantially improving its mechanical characteristics. Thus, the purpose of this work was to compare the strength to parallel compression of wooden fibers (Eucalyptus grandis), both nonimpregnated and impregnated with a monocomponent resin, from the standpoint of pressure and impregnation time, aiming at its structural utilization. The results demonstrate that the compressive strength of impregnated test specimens is greater than that of nonimpregnated ones, indicating that monocomponent polyurethane resin can be considered suitable for impregnating wood, since it increases the compressive strength of eucalyptus.

Keywords : impregnated wood; wood; compressive strength; analyses of variance.

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