The feasibility of manufacturing cross-laminated timber (CLT) from southern yellow pine (United States grown) treated with micronized copper azole type C (MCA-C) preservative was evaluated. Lumber (2x6 visually graded no. 2 boards) was treated to two retention levels (1.0 and 2.4 kg/m3 ), planed to a thickness of 35 mm, and assembled along with an untreated control group using three adhesive systems following product specifications: melamine formaldehyde (MF), resorcinol formaldehyde (RF), and one-component polyurethane (PUR). Block shear and delamination tests were conducted to examine the bonding performance in accordance with ASTM D905 and ASTM D2559 Standards, respectively. One-way analysis of variance and Kruskal-Wallis H test were conducted to evaluate the effects of preservative retention and adhesive type on block shear strength (BSS) and wood failure percentage (WFP). Regardless of adhesive type, the 1.0 kg/m3 retention treatment significantly lowered BSS compared to the untreated control. CLT composed of the laminations treated at 2.4 kg/m3 maintained BSS when PUR and RF were used but not MF. The average WFP of each CLT configuration ranged from 89% to 99%. The untreated CLT specimens did not experience any delamination under accelerated weathering cycles. The delamination rates of the treated specimens assembled using MF and RF increased with the preservative retention level, while PUR provided delamination rates less than 1% to the laminations treated at both levels. These combined data suggest that, under the conditions tested, PUR provided overall better bonding performance than MF and RF for MCA-C treated wood.
To better use the second-growth wood resources in value-added applications, this work addressed the manufacturing aspects of cross-laminated timber (CLT) products from western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla (Raf.) Sarg) and amabilis fir (Abies amabilis (Dougl.) Forbes) (or hem-fir) harvested from coastal British Columbia, Canada. Small CLT billets (nominal 610 mm×610 mm) were made to examine CLT bond quality and durability through block shear and delamination tests. Two types of adhesives, single-component polyurethane (PUR) and emulsion polymer isocyanate (EPI) and two critical applied pressure parameters (0.28 and 0.83 MPa) were adopted to manufacture hem-fir CLT. It was found that the adhesive type and applied pressure significantly affected wood failure percentage (WFP) and delamination of hem-fir CLT. When PUR adhesive was used, CLT made at 0.83 MPa pressure yielded significantly higher WFP and lower delamination than that made at 0.28 MPa pressure. The results demonstrated that despite the fact that hem-fir lumber is not particularly specified in the current North American CLT standard, it could be used for manufacturing CLT with the required panel bond quality.
Eucalyptus is one of the most important plantation species in south China. The need of alternate applications of plantation grown hardwood species including eucalyptus is concerned because of the sharp decrease of the demands from pulp and paper industry. The feasibility of manufacturing cross-laminated timber (CLT) using fast-grown small diameter eucalyptus wood (Eucalyptus urophylla × Eucalyptus grandis) was evaluated here. The effects of adhesives, priming treatment, adhesive spread rate, pressure, and pressing time duration on block shear strength (BSS), wood failure percentage (WFP), and rate of delamination (RD) of CLT via block shear tests and cyclic delamination tests. The results indicated that eucalyptus CLTs made of small diameter lumbers with four types of EP, EPI, PRF, and PUR adhesives could qualified bonding and mechanical requirements according to ANSI/APA PRG 320-2012. The maximum wood failure percentage (WFP) and block shear strength (BSS) values at dry stage condition were 85.2% and 3.51 MPa obtained from specimens bonded with PUR adhesive meanwhile those values at wet stage condition were 58.2% and 1.62 MPa obtained from specimens bonded with EPI and PUR adhesives, respectively. The minimum rate of delamination (RD) value was 7.6%, which was obtained from specimens bonded with PUR adhesive. The optimal pressing parameters were adhesive spread rate 160 g/m2, pressure 0.8 MPa, and pressing time duration 200 minutes when one-component polyurethane adhesive was used to manufacture eucalyptus CLT. The values of MOEs and MORs in the major and minor direction were 11,466 MPa, 24.5 MPa, 681 MPa, and 8.6 MPa, respectively. The values of transverse shear moduli and interlaminar shear strength in the major and minor strength were 91.8 MPa, 1.3 MPa, 241.6 MPa, and 0.5 MPa, respectively. The mechanical properties of eucalyptus CLT were equivalent to those of commercial CLT made of traditional softwoods available in market. Generally, HMR priming treatment was effective to enhance bonding performance and mechanical properties of eucalyptus CLTs. It is safe to conclude that fast-grown small diameter eucalyptus lumber was feasible to manufacture CLT for structural applications.