Content (Syllabus outline)
- A short survey/recapitulation (materials, technologies) of surface finishing of wood and wooden products;
- recognition of the most important factors of degradation of a surface system with regard to foreseen function and exposure conditions during utilisation of a wooden product or construction;
- identification of requested key properties of a surface system with respect to exposure conditions;
- introduction to life cycle assessment (LCA), including the »cradle to grave« and »cradle to cradle« concepts;
- selection of the most appropriate wood species or a wood-based composite type, optimal surface system and application method, to meet the demanded aesthetic and necessary protective properties, considering the product’s or construction’s form/shape and environmental and economic requests;
- adjustment of the product’s shape/form in a design phase, in order to achieve the expected durability and to be able to select a surface system and application method with a minimal negative impact on the environment;
- study of real cases from practice (case studies) with a focus on assessment of suitability of a form(shape)/construction, surface finishing system and application method in a function of protection against expected exposure conditions during utilisation of a product;
- individual project work in the case of a selected real example (product/construction), consisting of the design/construction phase, selection of the most appropriate surface coating system, application method and manufacturing of a prototype surface finished wooden product.
1. Prerequisites for the work:
Entry in the corresponding year of the study programme.
2. Terms of prerequisites:
- attendance at tutorials
- defence and presentation of the project