Photodegradation of wood at elevated temperature: Colour change
The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the effect of elevated temperature on the photodegradation of solid wood. The work presented here, dealt with the changes of colour during the degradation process. Wood samples were irradiated by mercury vapour lamp at 80 °C and at 30 °C to screen out the effect of thermal decomposition during photodegradation. Results demonstrated that the same light irradiation resulted in considerably greater redness increase at 80 °C than at 30 °C. Pine samples showed 57% higher redness change at 80 °C than at 30 °C during the 200 h light exposure. Corresponding data for spruce, ash and poplar were 33%, 40% and 15%, respectively. Results indicated that the extractive content has an important role in thermal decomposition during photodegradation. The elevated environmental temperature did not affect yellowness.
► Wood samples were irradiated by mercury vapour lamp at 30 °C and at 80 °C. ► The superposition effect of photodegradation and thermal degradation was studied. ► Colour change was evaluated. ► Results demonstrated that the same light irradiation resulted in considerably greater redness increase at 80 °C than at 30 °C.
Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology - Volume 108, 1 March 2012, Pages 44–47