International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.3 (1), pp 29-38, January 2015
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Original Research Article

Natural weathering of eight important timber trade Mexican species

*1Colín-Urieta, S., 1Carrillo-Parra, A., 2Rutiaga-Quiñones, J.G., 1González-Rodríguez, H., 1Jurado-Ybarra, E and 3Heya-Maginot, N and 1Aguirre,C.O.

1Unversidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Carr. Nal. No. 85, Km 145. 66700, 041. Linares, Nuevo León, Mexico.
2Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. Facultad de Ingeniería en Tecnología de la Madera. Apartado Postal 580, C.P. 58000 Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.
3Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, 66451, Mexico.

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date Received:     date Accepted: December 20, 2014     date Published:


Wood exposed to conditions such as sunlight and rain undergoes a phenomenon known as weathering. Colour change and cracks formation in the wood can be evaluated in order to determine the effect of environmental conditions. This study determined the natural weathering of the important trade timber species in Mexico Cordia elaeagnoides, Dalbergia granadillo, Enterolobium cyclocarpum, Hura polyandra, Swietenia humillis, Tabebuia donell-smithii, Tabebuia rosea and Fagus sylvatica as control. The procedure was performed according to EN 927-3. The action of environmental factors was monitored during five months with changes in appearance and colour and cracking formation also determined. The results indicated that Cordia elaeagnoides (ΔE19.7) and Dalbergia granadillo (ΔE 15.9) showed the lowest values in colour change.

Key words: Wood, tropical species, changes in appearance, Mexico, environmental conditions

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