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This report provides reviews on each of the four different major European heat treatment processes and the properties of wood thermally modified after these processes:
- The Finnish 'Thermo wood'.
- The Dutch 'Plato wood'.
- The French 'Retification'.
- The German 'Oil heat treatment'.

All four modification treatments have the common factor that solid wood is subjected to temperatures close to or above 200 degrees C for several hours in an atmosphere with low oxygen content. By this thermal modification some mechanical properties are reduced but the dimensional stability and the biological durability of wood is increased without adding outside chemicals/biocides to the wood. Therefore, thermally modified wood is discussed as a new material for several applications.ions.

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Authors: RAPP A O (EDITOR), BFH, Hamburg (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19885 EN (2001), pp.61. Euro: 10.00
Availability: Available from EUR-OP sales agents. URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-1656-4
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