Laboratory Test Methods

 

An important part of the wood protection research process is the use of a program of highly focused appropriate and thorough testing of developmental technologies prior to market introduction.

It is important that developments include a program of highly focused appropriate and thorough testing of developmental technologies prior to market introduction. The utilization of laboratory and field tests in any research or development process allows for the greatest efficiency and eventual reliability of data.

Laboratory and pilot scale test methods that are often used are shown below, while in order to test developments in a broad range of climates and geographic locations, the use of selected field test methods is very important.

Laboratory Test Methods

Agar plate screening test
Agar block decay test
Soil block decay test
Soil bed decay stake test
Sand block termite test
Drywood termites test
Mold on wood in storage
Mold on wood in service
Water repellency swellometer test
Leaching tests of treatment components
Rainwater runoff method
Corrosion - solutions and wood



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