THE EFFECTS OF HEAT TREATMENT ON THE PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF JUVENILE WOOD AND MATURE WOOD OF EUCALYPTUS GRANDIS

Bekir Cihad Bal, İbrahim Bektaş

Abstract


Heat treatment can be used to improve the physical properties and durability of wood. The results achieved by heat treatment can be affected significantly by various factors. Juvenile wood and mature wood from the same trunk have different properties, and the effects of heat treatment on their physical properties have not been well defined. Thus, a study to determine the differences in the physical properties of juvenile wood and mature wood of E. grandis after heat treatment was conducted. Samples of both types of wood were treated at temperatures of 120, 150, and 180 °C for durations of 4, 6, and 8 h. The results showed that the physical properties of juvenile and mature wood, e.g., swelling, moisture content, and fiber saturation point, did not decrease to the same extent. Mass loss of mature wood was higher than that of juvenile wood. Generally, percentage decreases of volumetric swelling, moisture content, and fiber saturation point of juvenile wood were more affected than those of mature wood.

Keywords


E. grandis; Heat treatment; Juvenile wood; Mature wood; Physical properties

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