Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, 21st International Drying Symposium

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CT-scanning of the drying process of Eucalyptus nitens
José Couceiro, Lars Hansson, Ahec Ambrož, Dick Sandberg

Last modified: 26-12-2018


The drying of Eucalyptus nitens is a troublesome process as the species is extremely prone to drying defects. This paper reports ongoing research to improve 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 .

Keywords: Cell collapse; computed tomography; surface checks; wood drying; internal checks

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