The Heat Cure of High Boiling Styrene-Type Monomers in Wood


  • Duane L. Kenaga


The advantages of high boiling styrene-type monomers for preparation of wood-polymer composites by heat-catalyst polymerization are discussed. The effect of crosslinking agents, some comonomers and catalyst concentrations, on the polymerization is noted. Adhesion problems and some solutions are presented. Simultaneous polymerization of monomer in impregnated veneers and bonding to other veneers to produce a panel with wood-polymer composite faces is presented as one solution. Additives for modification, such as fire retardancy, are discussed.


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