The effect of wood anatomy and coatings on the moisture buffering performance of wooden surfaces

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This paper presents the results of an initial screening of the moisture buffering performance of various wood species on two humidity levels. In addition, the effect of coatings and variation in three different grain directions regarding the moisture buffering performance were investigated. The cutting direction and thus the grain direction is the most significant factor influencing the sorption behaviour of wood from material perspective. Moisture buffering value for the crosscut surface of pine was fourfold compared to the radial surface of pine. The choice of coating is also of utmost importance when the moisture buffering ability of wood material is to be retained. Typical coatings used in interiors may decrease the moisture buffering capacity more than 50%.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2016)
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWorld Conference on Timber Engineering - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 22 Aug 201625 Aug 2016
Conference number: 14


ConferenceWorld Conference on Timber Engineering
Abbreviated titleWCTE
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    Research areas

  • Anisotropy, Coatings, Moisture buffering

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