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Sorption isotherms of waterlogged subfossil Scots pine wood impregnated with a lactitol and trehalose mixture

  • Jerzy Majka , Leszek Babiński and Wiesław Olek EMAIL logo
From the journal Holzforschung


A waterlogged subfossil Scots pine wood, 12 500-years-old, was impregnated with a mixture of lactitol and trehalose as well as with polyethylene glycol (PEG) mixtures, respectively, and the sorption properties of the impregnated samples were determined. All the impregnated wood samples were freeze-dried. The sorption isotherms were parameterized with the Guggenheim-Anderson-deBoer (GAB) and Generalized D’Arcy and Watt (GDW) models. Better hygroscopic properties were found for wood impregnated with the lactitol and trehalose mixture as compared to the PEG treatments. An anomalous increase of equilibrium moisture content (EMC) was found for PEG treated wood at a high relative humidity (RH) as compared to untreated wood at RH<80%. The lactitol and trehalose mixture significantly reduced this effect due to the decreased sorption of polymolecular water. Another positive effect of the alternative method is the ca. 50% reduction of the sorption hysteresis as compared to untreated wood. Moreover, the hysteresis was also much lower in the case of high RH as compared to PEG treated wood. The alternative treatment is also effective in terms of the dimensional stabilization of decayed wood.


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Received: 2017-1-14
Accepted: 2017-4-20
Published Online: 2017-5-24
Published in Print: 2017-9-26

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