Thermogravimetric Analysis of Photodegraded Acrylic Coated Lime Wood

Authors

  • Carmen-Mihaela Popescu,

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    1. Department of Physical Chemistry of Polymers, Romanian Academy “P. Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi, Romania
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  • Carmen Mihaela Tibirna,

    1. Département de Génie Chimique, Faculté des Sciences et de Génie, Laval University, Sainte-Foy, QC, Canada
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  • Cornelia Vasile

    1. Department of Physical Chemistry of Polymers, Romanian Academy “P. Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi, Romania
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Corresponding author email: mihapop@icmpp.ro (Carmen-Mihaela Popescu)

Abstract

A series of experiments were carried out to investigate the photodegradation of lime wood (Tilia cordata Mill.) coated with acrylic copolymer during artificial UV/Vis light irradiation for 600 h. Photodegradation of the Paraloid B72 films and Paraloid B72 treated lime wood samples was evaluated by thermogravimetry throughout the irradiation period of 100 h. The results obtained indicate a shifting of the DTG maxima to lower temperatures, which may be related to a decrease in the stability of the copolymer and wood during photodegradation. The decrease of weight loss with increasing time of exposure was observed, while the global kinetic parameters for the main peak increases when increasing exposure time of wood to the UV light. Even when the surface of the wood was covered with a thin layer of acrylic resin, some photodegradation reactions of the wood surface occurred. The modifications in the wood structure may be influenced by the newly formed structures from acrylic resin photodegradation.

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