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  • 1.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Hansson, Lars
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Morén, Tom
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Distribution of preservatives in thermally modified Scots pine and Norway spruce sapwood2013In: Wood Science and Technology, ISSN 0043-7719, E-ISSN 1432-5225, Vol. 47, no 3, p. 499-513Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Studying the impregnation and distribution of oil-based preservative in dried wood is complicated as wood is a nonhomogeneous, hygroscopic and porous material, and especially of anisotropic nature. However, this study is important since it has influence on the durability of wood. To enhance the durability of thermally modified wood, a new method for preservative impregnation is introduced, avoiding the need for external pressure or vacuum. This article presents a study on preservative distribution in thermally treated Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) sapwood using computed tomography scanning, light microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Secondary treatment of thermally modified wood was performed on a laboratory scale by impregnation with two types of preservatives, viz. Elit Träskydd (Beckers) and pine tar (tar), to evaluate their distribution in the wood cells. Preservative solutions were impregnated in the wood using a simple and effective method. Samples were preheated to 170°C in a drying oven and immediately submerged in preservative solutions for simultaneous impregnation and cooling. Tar penetration was found higher than Beckers, and their distribution decreased with increasing sample length. Owing to some anatomical properties, uptake of preservatives was low in spruce. Besides, dry-induced interstitial spaces, which are proven important flow paths for seasoned wood, were not observed in this species.

  • 2.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Morén, Tom
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Moisture properties of heat-treated Scots pine and Norway spruce sapwood impregnated with wood preservatives2012In: Wood and Fiber Science, ISSN 0735-6161, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 85-93Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An experiment was conducted on commercially heat-treated (HT) Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and Norway spruce (Picea abies [L.] Karst.) sapwood collected from Ht Wood AB, Arvidsjaur, Sweden. Secondary treatment on HT wood was performed in laboratory scale by impregnating with water-repellent preservatives (a commercial one and pine tar) to evaluate their retention and different moisture-related properties. Preservative solutions were impregnated using a simple and effective method. Wood samples were heated at 170°C in a dry oven and were immediately immersed in preservative solutions. Considerable retention was observed in HT wood, particularly in pine. Moisture adsorption properties were measured after conditioning in a high-humidity environmental chamber (4°C and 84% RH). Experimental results showed that secondary treatment enhanced moisture excluding efficiencies by decreasing equilibrium moisture content, suggesting better hydrophobicity. Soaking test in water showed that antiswelling and water repellence efficiencies improved, especially in tar-treated wood. In addition, this type of treatment significantly decreased water absorption. It was also possible to decrease volumetric swellings. Thus, secondary treatment of HT wood with preservative, in particular with tar, improved dimensional stability and water repellency.

  • 3.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Morén, Tom
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Hagman, Olle
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Cloutier, Alain
    Wood Research Center (CRB), Department of Wood and Forest Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics, Laval University, Quebec.
    Fang, Chang-Hua
    Wood Research Center (CRB), Department of Wood and Forest Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics, Laval University, Quebec.
    Elustondo, Diego
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Anatomical properties and process parameters affecting blister/blow formation in densified European aspen and downy birch sapwood boards by thermo-hygro-mechanical compression2013In: Journal of Materials Science, ISSN 0022-2461, E-ISSN 1573-4803, Vol. 48, no 24, p. 8571-8579Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Approximately, 13.5 % of the standing volume of productive forest land in Sweden is covered by birch and aspen, which provides the vast potential to produce value-added products such as densified wood. This study shows whether it is possible to densify those species with a thermo-hygro-mechanical (THM) process using heat, steam, and pressure. In this process, transverse compression on thin European aspen (Populus tremula) and downy birch (Betula pubescens) boards was performed at 200 ºC with a maximum steam pressure of 550 kPa. To obtain a theoretical 50 % compression set, the press’s maximum hydraulic pressure ranged from 1.5 to 7.3 MPa. Preliminary tests showed that ~75 % of the birch boards produced defects (blisters/blows) while only 25 % of the aspen boards did. Mainly, radial delamination associated with internal checks in intrawall and transwall fractures caused small cracks (termed blisters) while blows are characterized by relatively larger areas of delamination visible as a bumpy surface on the panel. Anatomical investigations revealed that birch was more prone to those defects than aspen. However, those defects could be minimized by increasing the pre-treatment time during the THM processing.

  • 4.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Sehlstedt-Persson, Margot
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Hansson, Lars
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Morén, Tom
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Evaluation of preservative distribution in thermally modified European aspen and birch boards using computed tomography and scanning electron microscopy2013In: Journal of Wood Science, ISSN 1435-0211, E-ISSN 1611-4663, Vol. 59, no 1, p. 57-66Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this experiment was to impregnate thermally modified wood using an easy and cost-effective method. Industrially processed thermally modified European aspen (Populus tremula L.) and birch (Betula pubescens Ehrh.) were collected and secondarily treated at the laboratory scale with the preservatives tung oil, pine tar and Elit Träskydd (Beckers) using a simple and effective method. Preservative uptake and distribution in sample boards were evaluated using computed tomography (CT) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. Preservative uptake and treatability in terms of void volume filled were found the highest in Beckers and the lowest in tung oil-treated samples. Thermally modified samples had lower treatability than their counterpart control samples. More structural changes after thermal modification, especially in birch, significantly reduced the preservative uptake and distribution. The differences of preservatives uptake near the end grain were high and then decreased near the mid position of the samples length as compared with similar type of wood sample. Non-destructive evaluation by CT scanning provided a very useful method to locate the preservative gradients throughout the sample length. SEM analysis enabled the visualization of the preservative deposits in wood cells at the microstructural level.

  • 5. Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    et al.
    Sehlstedt-Persson, Margot
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Karlsson, Olov
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Morén, Tom
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Uneven distribution of preservative in kiln-dried sapwood lumber of Scots pine: Impact of wood structure and resin allocation2012In: Holzforschung, ISSN 0018-3830, E-ISSN 1437-434X, Vol. 66, no 2, p. 251-258Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) sapwood lumber was collected after kiln drying and preservative treatment with Celcure AC 800 (a copper-amine wood preservative). Distribution of the preservative throughout the lumber was visually examined. Not all, but some samples showed specific localized areas without any preservative distribution throughout their entire length. Those samples were assessed further for anatomical properties, specifically in impregnated and unimpregnated areas. Additional study was conducted on the morphological nature and redistribution of lipophilic extractives using three different histochemical staining methods. Intrinsic wood properties – especially the frequency of axial resin canals and the percentage of canals blocked – were found to be responsible for the irregular distribution of the preservative. Furthermore, the inability to create continuous and frequent interstitial spaces due to the collapse of thin-walled ray cells throughout the lumber resulted in uneven distribution of preservatives. Staining techniques were useful to localize places with more or less abundance of extractives (e.g., fats) in impregnated and unimpregnated wood, which varied considerably. Histochemical observations revealed information pertaining to the kiln dry specific distribution and redistribution of extractives between the areas. Moreover, resin reallocation and modification in ray parenchyma and resin canals induced by kiln drying would be another reason for the impregnation anomalies.

  • 6.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Sehlstedt-Persson, Margot
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Morén, Tom
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Development of a new rapid method for mould testing in a climate chamber: Preliminary tests2013In: European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, ISSN 0018-3768, E-ISSN 1436-736X, Vol. 71, no 4, p. 451-461Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to develop fast, simple and robust solid wood mould testing methods for the use in small-scale laboratory tests. The objective was to investigate mould susceptibility of different wood materials within the batches. The proposed method is based on natural contamination of non-sterile surfaces in climates conducive to mould growth. For this purpose, a climate chamber with regulated temperature and relative humidity was used. The conditioning chamber was divided into upper and lower chamber by a thin layer of stainless steel placed horizontally above the fan to minimise air circulation to the sample in the upper compartment. Mould-infected samples from outdoor tests were used as a source of mould inocula, and test trials were conducted on Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) sapwood. Samples were suspended from the top of the upper chamber, and the chamber was exposed to different temperature and humidity levels. Severe mould infestation was observed after 12-14 days of incubation. Visual mould rating was then performed. Regardless of some constraints, this test method was very simple, fast, and effective. More importantly, unlike other test methods, it closely models mould infestation as it would occur under natural condition.

  • 7.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Sehlstedt-Persson, Margot
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Morén, Tom
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Mould susceptibility of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) sapwood: Impact of drying, thermal modification, and copper-based preservative2013In: International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, ISSN 0964-8305, E-ISSN 1879-0208, Vol. 85, p. 284-288Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The development of mould on wood surfaces depends on several factors. Although mould does not affect the mechanical properties of wood, it greatly reduces the aesthetic value of wood like the sapwood of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.), which is very prone to mould. In addition, adverse health effects of mould on humans are also a great concern. Different types of dried and treated wood were used to observe whether they had enhanced durability against mould following an accelerated laboratory test method in a climate chamber. Samples were green, air-dried, industrially thermally-modified, treated with copper-based preservative, and kiln-dried wood, which were tested within a single test run. The test produced the following main results: the thermal modification increased the durability of the wood, and the protective effectiveness of alternative treatments was comparable to that of commercially available copper-based treatment. However, the initial moisture content of the samples during mould exposure had a great influence on the onset of mould growth. The risk of mould susceptibility of industrial kiln-dried lumber can be reduced by drying using the double-layering technique which likely forced the nutrients to deposit near the evaporation surfaces followed by planing off the nutrient enriched edges.

  • 8.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Yang, Qian
    Sehlstedt-Persson, Margot
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Morén, Tom
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Accelerated mold test on dried pine sapwood boards: Impact of contact heat treatment2013In: Journal of wood chemistry and technology, ISSN 0277-3813, E-ISSN 1532-2319, Vol. 33, no 3, p. 174-187Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We test the hypothesis that the combination of kiln drying of double-stacked boards and contact heat treatment will reduce the susceptibility of treated boards to colonization by mold fungi. Winter-felled Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) sapwood boards were double-stacked in an industrial kiln in ‘‘sapwood out’’ and ‘‘sapwood in’’ positions. Dried samples were then contact heat-treated using a hot press at three different temperatures (140°C, 170°C, and 200°C) for three different periods (1, 3, and 10 min). Accelerated mold test was performed in a climate chamber where naturally mold infected samples were used as a source of mold inocula. Contact heat treatment degraded the saccharides which accumulated at dried surfaces, and reduced the mold growth. The threshold temperature and time for inhibiting mold growth was 170°C for 10 min. But, for industrial application, the most feasible combination of temperature and time would be 200°C for 3 min. We concluded that double stacking/contact heat treatment used is an environmentally friendly alternative to chemicals for reducing mold on Scots pine sapwood boards.

  • 9.
    Elustondo, Diego
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Oliveira, Luiz
    Department of Lumber Manufacturing, FPInnovations, Vancouver.
    Drying Western Red Cedar with Superheated Steam2014In: Drying Technology, ISSN 0737-3937, E-ISSN 1532-2300, Vol. 32, no 5, p. 550-556Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This exploratory study evaluated the possibility of drying 50-mm-thick western red cedar with superheated steam. Since there are no industrial facilities in Canada drying western red cedar with superheated steam, the study was designed to explore the potential of this technology in terms of lumber quality, moisture content distribution, and drying time. The experiments showed that the 50-mm-thick product can be dried in less than three days without jeopardizing lumber quality (in comparison with the two weeks that is currently required in conventional kilns), and the percentage of pieces that remained wet after drying was within the 10% to 15% range that is typically tolerated in industry.

  • 10.
    Sehlstedt-Persson, Margot
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Metodutveckling för mögeltestning av trä - förstudie: TCN Slutrapport2014Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna förstudie har varit att utveckla enkla och robusta forcerade mögeltester på trä som kan följas och utvärderas kontinuerligt i forskningsprojekt som bedrivs inom beständighetsområdet vid LTU och SP Trätek i Skellefteå. Testerna som gjorts i klimatskåp bygger på naturlig kontaminering och klimatval som gynnar mögeltillväxt.De metoder som utvecklats gör inte anspråk på att kunna erbjuda jämförelser med andra etablerade metoder utan enbart jämförelser inom batcher som ingår i de material- och processvariabler som studeras, exempelvis inom virkestorkning, värmebehandling och impregneringsmetoder.I förstudien utvärderades ett antal olika klimatval i ett klimatskåp som användes i försöken. Mögelpåväxt gynnas av stabil och hög RF, mörker och stillastående luft. Därför täcktes glasdörren till skåpet med svart plast och övre delen av klimatskåpet skärmades av med en mellanplåt eftersom en fläkt cirkulerar luften i kammaren nedre delar. I den övre delen av klimatskåpet gjordes noggranna mätningar av klimatet för att säkerställa ett jämnt och stabilt klimat i olika positioner.Mögelkontaminerat furumaterial sparat från tidigare TCN projekt användes som ”smittokälla” genom att placeras i klimatskåpets nedre del vid valt klimat under 2 dygn för att infektera kammaren med mögelsporer. Därefter placerades försöksmaterialet i klimatskåpets övre del. Smittokällan dvs. det kontaminerade materialet befann sig i skåpet under hela försöket. Inspektion av mögelpåväxtengjordes regelbundet fram tills beslut togs att avbryta försöket och utvärdera mögelpåväxten. Den utvärderingsmetod som används för att bedöma mögelpåväxt bygger på en visuell bedömningsskala översatt i ”praktisk användning” som utarbetats i tidigare TCN-projekt.Den lämpligaste metoden bedöms vara att använda klimatskåpets ”set-points” +27°C/95 % RF samt att avbryta försöket efter ca 12-14 dagar. Mögelgraderna på de undersökta proverna har då varit av samma omfattning som efter ca 100 dagars forcerat utomhustest beskrivit i tidigare TCN-projekt.Den framtagna metoden har använts i fyra ”skarpa” studier som publicerats i vetenskapliga tidskrifter. Detta får ses som att projektet varit lyckat och utgör ett viktigt vetenskapligt bidrag.Metoden beskrivs i detalj i en av dessa publikationer som finns som bilaga till denna rapport nämligen: “Development of a new rapid method for mould testing in a climate chamber: Preliminary tests.” Ahmed, S. A., Sehlstedt-Persson, M. &Morén, T. jul 2013 i :Holz als Roh- und Werkstoff .71 ,4 ,s. 451-461.11 s.Den framtagna metoden har fungerat mycket bra. Metoden har följande fördelar:* Den är enkel, robust och billig.* Mögelpåväxten kan följas på plats.* Det är möjligt att få svar redan efter två veckor på inverkan av olika variabler som undersöks.* Enkel kontaminering – ingen uppodling av speciella mögelarter.* Upp till 44 stycken prover kan ingå i en batch, beroende av dimension.Metoden har följande nackdelar:* Ingen standardiserad metod dvs. det är inte möjligt göra jämförelser mellan olika försöksomgångar utan endast möjligt att göra ”inom-batch” jämförelser.* Ingen kontroll av vilka mögelarter som angriper virket.

  • 11.
    Sehlstedt-Persson, Margot
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Persson, Fredrik
    SP Trätek.
    Karlsson, Olov
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Virkestorkningens inverkan på impregnerbarhet i furusplint – Del II: TCN Delrapport 12013Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Projektets målsättning är att undersöka om och hur virkestorkning påverkar impregnerbarhet i furusplint med vattenbaserat kopparmedel, samt att ge rekommendationer om hur torkningsbetingelserna kan göras så gynnsamma som möjligt för ett bra impregneringsresultat. Det bör tydliggöras att det virke som impregnerats i denna studie inte kommer att säljas inom detaljhandeln. Virket anses inte heller vara representativt för impregnerat virke då det har impregnerats vid fuktkvoter som avsiktligt avviker från normala förhållanden och som kan antas vara ogynnsamma för inträngningen. Virket impregnerades enligt Nordiska Träskyddsföreningen (NTR) klass AB.I delsteg 1 som avrapporteras i denna rapport, har huvudfrågan varit att undersöka inverkan av fuktkvotsnivå och maxtemperatur under torkningen på impregneringsresultatet. Försöksmaterialet har bestått av totalt 553 hyvlade bräder och plank (28 resp. 48 mm). Både planken och bräderna sågades fram ur centrumutbyte och innehöll därför kärnved. Virket torkades industriellt vid 60°C och 80°C maxtemperatur till tre målfuktkvoter: 24 %, 18 % och 10 %. Efter impregnering har samtliga virkesstycken kapats upp var 50:e cm och impregneringsresultat har analyserats visuellt enligt NTR:s bedömningsgrunder. Vissa kemiska analyser har även utförts för att undersöka om och hur extraktiver och fetter kan förklara impregneringsmissarna i bräderna. Undersökningen visar att virkesdimension, fuktkvot och temperaturnivå har betydelse för impregneringsresultatet. Totalt sett fanns det fler missar i planken än i bräderna. Plank och bräder uppvisar dessutom något olika beteende: för bräder är resultatet mera tydligt vilket även framkom vid multivariat dataanalys (MVDA) på medelvärdesnivå: högre temperatur och högre fuktkvot visar minst impregneringsmissar hos brädgrupperna. För plankgrupper erhölls överhuvudtaget inga MVDA-modeller. Även för plank hade den högre temperaturen i medel bättre impregneringsresultat. Sambandet hög fuktkvot och god impregnerbarhet är inte lika tydligt för plank, möjligen att kombinationen låg temperatur och låg fuktkvot är ogynnsam.Densitetsvariationerna visade sig vara tämligen liten och inga låga/höga extremvärden fanns i försöksmaterialet. Vid MVDA framkom ändå tendenser att det hos bräder var gynnsamt ur impregneringssynpunkt med högre densitet.Kemiska analyser visar inga dramatiska omfördelningar av extraktiver under torkning som förklaring till impregneringsmissar. Detekterbara fetter och hartssyror var dock lägre i ytliga än i inre delar av splintveden troligen beroende på oxidativ förnätning av deras struktur under torkningen.Sammanfattningsvis blir tolkningen att torktemperatur, fuktkvotsintervall och virkesdimensioner har betydelse för impregneringsresultat men att det finns ett antal okända materialvariabler som har stor inverkan på resultatet på individnivå. Även om torkningsbetingelserna görs så gynnsamma som möjligt för impregnering förekommer individer som har allvarliga genomgående missar.

  • 12.
    Sehlstedt-Persson, Margot
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Wamming, Thomas
    SP Trätek.
    Karlsson, Olov
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    Modern torknings inverkan på impregnerbarhet i furusplint: Förstudie2011Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Under senare år rapporteras i Sverige för vissa impregneringsmedel en kraftig ökning av antalet underkända prov och då speciellt för kopparbaserade vattenlösliga medel. På några års sikt, när konsekvenserna av impregneringsmissar blir synliga hos slutanvändaren genom att rötskadat virke måste bytas ut, beräknas kostnaderna kunna uppgå till en halv miljard årligen. Orsakerna till inträngningsproblem diskuteras och en av många teorier är att virkestorkningen är en av huvudorsakerna. Målet med denna förstudie har varit att identifiera relevanta process- och materialvariabler som misstänks inverka på impregnerbarheten i furusplint. Resultat från impregneringsförsöken i denna förstudie visar att fuktkvotsnivån i bräder efter torkning är viktig för impregneringsresultatet. Bäst inträngning erhölls vid högre fuktkvotsnivåer än vad som vanligen används vid anläggningarna idag: i fuktkvotsintervallet 20-25 % var andelen missar lägst medan andelen missar ökade påtagligt vid sjunkande fuktkvot. En rekommendation är att inte övertorka virke som ska impregneras. Detta är vanligt speciellt vid torkning av tunna dimensioner i äldre brädkanaler.Resultat från denna förstudie sammanfattas enligt följande•Inverkan av fuktkvotsnivå vid impregnering är viktig. Bäst inträngning i bräder erhölls i fuktkvotsintervallet 20-25 %, dvs. vid högre fuktkvot än vad som vanligen görs medan missarna ökade påtagligt vid sjunkande fuktkvot. •Resultaten pekar på att splintvedsdensiteten tycks spela roll för impregnerbarheten: högre densitet tenderar att vara bättre ur impregneringssynpunkt. •Olika typer av impregneringsmissar noteras. Vissa typer har en tydlig koppling till vedanatomiska detaljer medan andra missar kopplas till process och yttre form.•Anrikning av näring mot splintvedsytor som sker vid forcerad torkning kan i vissa fall ha försvårat inträngning av träskyddsmedel.•Vedanatomiska studier visar att– axiella kådkanaler sannolikt spelar en viktig roll för inträngning av träskyddsmedel– parenkymcellers hartsinnehåll i splintved kan blockera inträngning via märgstrålar•Tomografering indikerar att hög splintvedsdensitet är gynnsamt för inträngning av träskyddsmedel. Detta överensstämmer med iakttagelsen att axiella hartskanaler är viktiga för inträngning av träskyddsmedel eftersom axiella hartskanaler främst finns i sommarved och hög densitet förknippas med hög sommarvedsandel. •Kemisk analys indikerar att lokal skillnad i extraktivämneshalt kan vara en av förklaringarna till impregneringsmiss i splintved. •I fortsatta studier är tomografering ett kraftfullt analysverktyg för att se inträngningsmissar i rått tillstånd.

  • 13.
    Sidorova, Ekaterina
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Elustondo, Diego
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Wood thermal-modification at Luleå University of Technology2014In: Final Cost Action FP0904 Conference: “Recent Advances in the Field of TH and THM Wood Treatment” : May 19-21, 2014, Skellefteå, Sweden : book of abstracts / [ed] Mojgan Vaziri; Dick Sandberg, Skellefteå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2014, p. 75-Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 14. Yang, Qian
    et al.
    Karlsson, Olov
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Ahmed, Sheikh Ali
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Morén, Tom
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
    Dimensional stability and water repellency of european aspen improved by oxidized carbohydrates2013In: BioResources, ISSN 1930-2126, E-ISSN 1930-2126, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 487-498Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Small samples from European aspen (Populus tremula L.) were impregnated with carbohydrates oxidized by Fenton’s reagent using water in a vacuum, followed by heating in an oven at 103°C. An antiswelling efficiency (ASE) of around 45% for wood treated with oxidized glucose and 35% for wood treated with oxidized sucrose was obtained. Samples treated with oxidized carbohydrates gave water repellent effectiveness (WRE) values over 35%. The decrease in cell wall thickness during impregnation was about 18% less in the presence of oxidized glucose than samples only treated with Fenton’s reagent. An ASE of 20% for the wood samples that had been treated with oxidized glucose was obtained after 7 days of soaking in water. The reasons for the improvement in dimensional stability are discussed in this work.

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