- Volume 18 Issue 2
The behaviors of alkali swelling in four major Korean woods were examined as a function of concentration cf alkali solution. Density of alkali-treated woods increased highly with increasing alkali concentration in both softwoods and hardwoods. Wood samples swelled in dimension during alkali swelling, and thereafter they shrank highly by water washing and air drying. The air-dried wood samples after alkali treatment showed almost isotropic shrinkage in tangential and radial direction.