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Surface hardness and flammability of Na2SiO3 and nano-TiO2 reinforced wood composites
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3283-9313
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
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(English)In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
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The objective of this study was to explore an effect of the combined inorganic materials on the wood hardness and flame-retardancy properties in a concept of sustainable material management. Herein, the reinforcement of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) sapwood with sodium silicate and TiO2 nanoparticles via vacuum-pressure technique is reported. Pyrolysis of modified wood was studied by TG-FTIR analysis; the results showed that maximum weight loss for the modified wood was obtained at 40-50 °C lower temperatures compared to the reference untreated wood. The Gram-Schmidt profiles and spectra extracted at maxima absorption from Gram-Schmidt plots indicated chemical changes in wood-inorganic composites. SEM/EDS analysis revealed the presence of Na-O-Si solid gel within the wood-cell lumen and showed that TiO2 was homogeneously distributed within the amorphous Na-O-Si glass-forming phase to form a thin surface coating. EDS mapping further revealed the higher diffusivity of sodium into the cell wall compared to the silicon compound. The presence of amorphous sodium silicate and nano-TiO2 was additionally confirmed by XRD analysis. FTIR spectra confirmed the chemical changes in Scots pine sapwood induced by alkalization. Brinell hardness test showed that the hardness of the modified wood increased with the highest value (44% increase in hardness) obtained for 10% Na2SiO3-nTiO2 modified wood. The results showed good correlation between TG and flammability test; limiting oxygen index (LOI) values for the wood-inorganic composites increased by 9-14% compared to the untreated wood.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-75704OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-75704DiVA, id: diva2:1346203
Available from: 2019-08-27 Created: 2019-08-27 Last updated: 2019-08-27

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