Discipline: Technology and Engineering
Subcategory: Environmental Engineering
Room: Marriott Balcony B
Siera Sylvester - Florida A&M University
Co-Author(s): Mikael Salonvaara, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Experimentation accounting for various fungi types, building materials with wood treatments combinations, and fluctuating climate conditions will be essential in the creation of a comprehensive biohygrothermal IBP wood-rotting fungi model with an incipient decay focus. The goal of this research is to develop a wood rotting fungi model and conduct an environmental impact analysis, which can be useful to determine mechanical property damage within wood structures. Understanding the degree of wood fungal growth in buildings by using existing measurable factors, is critical for building inspections, therefore saving time, economic resources, and minimizing risks associated with structures suspected to be affected by wood decay. Including an overview of how environmental factors impact wood structure will be beneficial when considering an overlay of climate change data, predictive techniques originating from experiments, future environmental capacity, and economic value.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): The Department of Education and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Clayton Clark II, firstname.lastname@example.org
Role: I did most of the research of this project including literature review and development of the methodology.