Effect of Hot Pressing Temperature on the Density Profile of Compressed Solid Wood

Ren Li, Rongfeng Huang, Jianmin Chang


To expand the applications of low-density wood, solid white poplar (Populus tomentosa) wood with a moisture content of 10.6% was compressed 5 mm radially at 90 °C, 120 °C, 150 °C, 180 °C, and 210 °C, and the density profile characteristics were analyzed. It was found that compressed wood with a non-uniform density profile contributed to the peak density and average density of the compressed layer, where the highest values were 0.87 g/cm3 and 0.72 g/cm3, respectively. The density peak and compressed layer were formed at various distances from the wood surface according to the pressing temperatures tested. It was concluded that the pressing temperature had a great effect on the density profile of the compressed wood and the pressing temperature effectively controlled the shape of the density profile.


Compressed solid wood; Pressing temperature; Density profile

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