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Development of laboratory experiments to determine critical moisture condition of CLT constructions
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Built Environment, Building and Real Estate.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4211-4885
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Built Environment, Building and Real Estate.
WSP, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7930-8654
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3863-0740
2023 (English)In: Journal of Physics, Conference Series, ISSN 1742-6588, E-ISSN 1742-6596, Vol. 2654, no 1, article id 012022Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is an increased interest in using Cross-laminated timber (CLT) in construction, but many buildings are erected without weather protection, which poses a risk of moisture impact if wood is exposed to precipitation during construction. The construction industry argues that there are no documented critical moisture levels for CLT and no specific test method. In the study, a laboratory test set-up was developed to study mould growth under realistic and controlled climatic conditions after exposure to distilled water and spore suspension. In the experiments, small test specimens of CLT structures were exposed to distilled water for 1 day or 1 week. During the development of the method it was found that exposed for one day and then given the opportunity for open drying did not give rise to mould growth. On the other hand, growth occurred on surfaces that could not dry immediately, for example at connection points. For specimens exposed for one week, mould growth arose regardless of whether the surfaces could dry immediately or not. The conclusions apply primarily to the climates studied. The methodology needs to be further developed, with other scenarios being studied, and calibrated against samples exposed to outdoor air, dust, dirt and rainwater. 

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Institute of Physics , 2023. Vol. 2654, no 1, article id 012022
Keywords [en]
Moisture; Molds; ’Dry’ [; Cross laminated; Distilled water; Exposed to; Laboratory experiments; Laminated timber; Moisture conditions; Mould growth; Timber construction; Weather protections; Construction industry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-69246DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/2654/1/012022Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85181173951OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-69246DiVA, id: diva2:1827720
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The main support provided by Smart Housing Småland is gratefully acknowledged. 

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