Masters Theses


1. The effect of soy based preservative treatment on mechanical properties of wood. 2. Design and cost estimation of a wood treatment plant


Krishan Gopal


"The research described in the thesis was aimed at the monitoring the effect of a new non-toxic wood preservative on the Mechanical properties of wood. The new preservative developed at the Center for Environmental Science and Technology - University of Missouri, Rolla is comprised of polystyrene (PS) solution in methyl esters of soybean oil. The preservative can be prepared in different formulations by dissolving varied amounts of PS in MS and introduced into hard wood and soft wood specimens. Mechanical properties of wood specimens treated with different formulations were examined. A part of the research was also directed at infusion of a novel soybean oil ester based epoxy resin in the wood in an effort to improve mechanical properties of wood. The results of the studies showed that incorporation of MS-PS solutions of different composition did not lead to any deterioration of mechanical properties of either the hard wood or soft wood"--Abstract, page iii.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2005


xi, 91 pages


© 2005 Krishan Gopal, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

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Subject Headings

Wood preservatives
Wood -- Mechanical properties
Soybean products

Thesis Number

T 8742

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