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Thermal treatment of wood using vegetable oils:a review


Seng, Hua Lee and Ashaari, Zaidon and Wei, Chen Lum and Abdul Halip, Juliana and Aik, Fei Ang and Tan, Li Peng and Kit, Ling Chin and Md Tahir, Paridah (2018) Thermal treatment of wood using vegetable oils:a review. Construction and Building Materials, 181. pp. 408-419. ISSN 0950-0618


Wood is an ideal building material as it is renewable and green. However, low dimensional stability and
durability might restrict its usage in structural application. Therefore, modification is needed to improve
the aforementioned issues. As an environmentally friendly wood modification method, heat treatment of
wood using oil as a heating medium has brought to researcher’s attention to the fact that it might serve as
an excellent treatment procedure in treating wood. This paper presents a review about the effects of oil
heat treatment on the properties of wood such as colour stability, dimensional stability, mechanical
strength and durability against termites and fungi as well as its potential to be used as construction
and building materials. The pros and cons of using oil as a heating medium in wood treatment are discussed.
This review shows discrepancies between the treatment methods or procedures and its resultant
findings. Moreover, the effectiveness of the treatment is governed by several factors such as the type of
oils used and wood species. The objective of the present paper is to conduct a review of the published
literatures regarding the properties of wood modified by oil heat treatment and the results obtained were
compared systematically.

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Item Type: Indexed Article
Collection Type: Institution
Date: 2018
Journal or Publication Title: Construction and Building Materials
ISSN: 0950-0618
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oil heat treatment; Literature review; Vegetable oils; Wood modification; Thermal treatment
Faculty/Centre/Office: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
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