WHY SIMULATE A SAMPLE OF RECYCLED WOOD?

A. Bouslamti, M.A. Irle, C. Belloncle, V. Salvador, M. Bondu, S. Hulot, B. Caron

Abstract


Wood products follow the same cycle as other materials: manufacture, use and disposal. For
certain applications, chemical additives are added to wood to increase its durability against biological
and physical attack. At the end of life, waste wood is chipped or crushed before being recovered as
raw material for new products or as fuel for energy. In recycled wood, there is the potential that
some wood particles are contaminated by hazardous substances, such as organic or heavy metal
preservatives. erefore there is a need for a quality control method of assessing recovered wood
that is on the one hand su ciently precise and on the other not too expensive to preclude the use of
recycling wood in to new products.
is paper covers some preliminary research that is part of a large study that aims to develop a
robust analytical method for recovered wood. However the extreme variability of recovered wood
makes it di cult to develop such protocols on real recovered wood samples. Consequently, model
chip piles with known contamination levels were created to simulate real world recovered wood
samples.

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