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Potential for using through-boring to improve groundline treatment of Australian wood species: A preliminary study.

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Morrell, J.J. and Norton, J. (2009) Potential for using through-boring to improve groundline treatment of Australian wood species: A preliminary study. Forest Products Journal, 59 (9). pp. 61-66.

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An aging electricity distribution system and reduced availability of naturally durable tropical hardwoods in Australia will combine in the next decade to produce a major shortage of poles. One approach to mitigating this shortage is to utilize lower durability species and improve the penetration of preservatives into the refractory heartwood by introducing additional pretreatment processes. A potential method for improving preservative penetration in the critical ground-line zone is through-boring. This process, in which holes are drilled through the pole perpendicular to the grain in the ground-line zone, is widely used in the western United States for treatment of Douglas-fir and may be Suitable for many Australian wood species. The potential for improving heartwood penetration in eucalypts with alkaline-copper-quaternary (ACQ) compound was assessed on heartwood specimens from four species (Eucalyptus cloeziana F.Muell., E. grandis W.Hill ex Maiden, E. obliqua L'Her. and E. pellita F.Muell.) and Lophostemon confertus (R.Br.) Peter G.Wilson & J.T.Wateril). Longitudinal ACQ penetration was extremely shallow in L. confertus and only slightly better in E. cloeziana. Longitudinal penetration was good in both E. obliqua and E. pellita, although there was some variation in treatment results with length of pressure period. The results suggest that through-boring might be a reasonable approach for achieving heartwood penetration in some Eucalyptus species, although further studies are required to assess additional treatment schedules and to determine the effects of the process oil flexural properties of the poles.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:DEEDI
Additional Information:© Forest Products Society.
Keywords:Tropical hardwoods; pretreatment processes; heartwood; poles.
Subjects:Forestry > Research. Experimentation
Forestry > Exploitation and utilization
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Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:48

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