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CT-scanning of the drying process of Eucalyptus nitens.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7270-1920
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering. Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering. Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Ålesund, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5869-2236
University of Ljubljana.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4526-9391
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of 21st International Drying Symposium. / [ed] Cárcel JA, Polo GC, García-Pérez JV, Mulet A, Rosselló C.,, Valencia: Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València , 2018, p. 1269-1276Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The drying of Eucalyptus nitens is a troublesome process as the species is extremely prone to drying defects. This paper reports ongoing research toimprove the understanding of surface checking and cell collapse in Chilean grown Eucalyptus nitens during drying. Computed tomography (CT) scanning was used as a powerful tool for studying the internal changes in the wood-material during the drying process. Different levels of temperatures have been tested with the same equilibrium moisture content (EMC) conditions and low air velocity. The results confirm that a low drying temperature and a low air velocity, which results in a slow rate of drying, reduce internal cell collapse and surface checking .

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Valencia: Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València , 2018. p. 1269-1276
Keywords [en]
Cell collapse; computed tomography; surface checks; wood drying; internal checks
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Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Wood Science and Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-71201DOI: 10.4995/ids2018.2018.7380ISI: 000477977800160ISBN: 978-84-9048-688-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-71201DiVA, id: diva2:1255635
Conference
21st International Drying Symposium, Valencia, Spain, Sep 11-14, 2018
Available from: 2018-10-13 Created: 2018-10-13 Last updated: 2019-08-20Bibliographically approved
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1. X-ray computed tomography to study moisture distribution in wood
Open this publication in new window or tab >>X-ray computed tomography to study moisture distribution in wood
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

X-ray computed tomography (CT) has been used as an analysing tool for different features in wood research since the beginning of the1980s, but it can also be used to study wood-water interactions in different ways, such as by determining wood moisture content (MC). The determination of wood MC with CT requires two CT images: one at the unknown moisture distribution and a second one at a known reference MC level, usually at oven-dry condition. The two scans are then compared, and the MC is calculated based on the differences between the images. If the goal is to determine the MC in local regions within the wood volume, e.g. when studying moisture gradients in wood drying, wood shrinkage must be taken into account during the data processing of the images. The anisotropy of wood shrinkage creates an obstacle, however, since the shrinkage is not uniform throughout the wood specimen. The technique is thus limited in two ways: it cannot measure MC in local regions and it cannot do it in real time.

The objective of this thesis was to study methods to overcome these two limitations. The work explores up to three different methods to estimate local MC from CT images in real time. The first method determines shrinkage for each pixel using digital image correlation (DIC) and is embedded in a broader method to estimate the MC, which verified against a reference. It involves several steps in different pieces of software, making it time-consuming and creating many sources of possible experimental errors. The determination of shrinkage within this method is further explored to enable the implementation of all steps in a unique piece of software. It is shown that it is possible to calculate MC through this method with a root mean square error of prediction of 1.4 percentage points for MC between 6 and 25%.

The second method studied succeeds in determining the MC distribution in research applied to wood drying, but the calculation of shrinkage differs from the previous method: instead of calculating shrinkage in the radial and tangential directions, it does so by using the displacement information generated from the spatial alignment of the CT images. Results show that the algorithm can provide consistent data of internal MC distribution of wood at the pixel level that entail continuing researching wood drying processes with an improvement in the accuracy of the MC determination. It represents an improvement regarding the first method because the calculation is fast and highly automatized in a single piece of software.

The third method studied is the application of dual energy CT (DECT) to moisture. DECT would provide means for MC calculation at the pixel level and, potentially, in real time, which would mean an important breakthrough in wood drying research. Previous research shows promising results, but its implementation in medical CT, the tool used throughout this work, has shown poor predicting ability. Nevertheless, further research is encouraged.

The work done in this thesis proves that it is possible to measure local distribution of MC in wood using CT with accuracy and precision. It also shows that further research could potentially provide a means for MC estimation in real time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå tekniska universitet, 2019
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
National Category
Wood Science
Research subject
Wood Science and Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73860 (URN)978-91-7790-382-6 (ISBN)978-91-7790-383-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-09-12, Hörsal A (A193), Skellefteå, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-05-07 Created: 2019-05-07 Last updated: 2019-08-21Bibliographically approved

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