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Published in: European Journal of Wood and Wood Products 6/2019

29-08-2019 | Original

Thermal degradation of Eucalyptus dunnii and Eucalyptus macarthurii trees exposed to fire

Authors: T. van Groeningen, L. B. Mngomezulu, M. Meincken

Published in: European Journal of Wood and Wood Products | Issue 6/2019

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Abstract

The thermal degradation of the wood of two commercially used eucalyptus species from South Africa, namely Eucalyptus dunnii and Eucalyptus macarthurii was studied. Both are valuable pulpwood species and the financial loss due to wildfires each year is significant. This study aimed to understand how deep into the trunk the wood is exposed to elevated temperatures and how far chemical changes due to thermal degradation may occur. The aim was not to determine changes in wood physiology, but rather in wood quality. This knowledge will facilitate a decision whether the wood may still be feasible for pulping.

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Metadata
Title
Thermal degradation of Eucalyptus dunnii and Eucalyptus macarthurii trees exposed to fire
Authors
T. van Groeningen
L. B. Mngomezulu
M. Meincken
Publication date
29-08-2019
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Published in
European Journal of Wood and Wood Products / Issue 6/2019
Print ISSN: 0018-3768
Electronic ISSN: 1436-736X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00107-019-01451-6