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Effects of dry ice on gas permeability of nano-silverimpregnated Populus nigra and Fagus orientalis
Effects of dry-ice treatment (frozen CO2 at -78.5-C) on gas permeability of untreated and nano-silver-impregnated poplar and beech specimens were studied here on the basis of their biological structure and woody mass as well as their vessel element types. A 200-ppm aqueous dispersion of silver nano-particles was used for impregnation; the size range of silver nano-particles was 20-80-nm. Dry-ice treatment increased gas permeability by 87 and 45- in poplar and beech, respectively. Nano-silver impregnation also increased gas permeability by 190 and 89- in poplar and beech, respectively. Dry-ice treatment on nano-silver-impregnated specimens increased gas permeability even more (31- increase in poplar but only 0.96- in beech). It may be concluded that dry-ice treatment on solid woods may be used as a practical method to increase permeability in species that because of their biological structures are impermeable; since this method alters the biological structure slightly and consequently decreases mechanical strength of solid woods insignificantly, it may substitute methods such as incising to increase permeability.
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