Application of Acoustic Tomography and Ultrasonic Waves to Estimate Stiffness Constants of Muiracatiara Brazilian Wood

Rejane Costa Alves, Judy Norka Rodo Mantilla, Cynara Fiedler Bremer, Edgar Vladimiro Mantilla Carrasco

Abstract


Determination of the stiffness constants of Muiracatiara wood (Astronium lecointei) was performed using Fakopp 3D acoustic tomography and James V Mk II ultrasound devices. Specific gravity, moisture content, and compression perpendicular to grain tests followed standard Brazilian requirements. Statistical tests were calculated to 99% confidence intervals. Using Christoffel’s equation, equality between stiffness constants and static modulus of elasticity occurred only when using the acoustic tomography device. These results show the importance of the acoustic tomography device, not only to detect defects, but also in determining elastic constants of wood.

Keywords


Acoustic Tomography; Ultrasound; Astronium lecointei; Stiffness constant

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