Changes in Vibrational Properties of Wetwood of Japanese Fir (<i>Abies Sachalinensis</i> Mast) with Time During Drying
Keywords:Wetwood, Japanese fir, vibrational properties, high-temperature drying
AbstractTemporal changes in vibrational properties of wetwood of Japanese fir (Abies sachalinensis Mast.) during a drying process were investigated. Specimens were cut from wetwood defined as heartwood with extremely high moisture content and normal wood whose moisture content was not so high, and matched in the R-direction. Green and water-saturated wood specimens were prepared. The specimens and the vibration testing system were put in an electric drying oven, where a free-free vibration test was conducted at intervals of 5 to 20 minutes. When the green specimens were used, the resonance frequency and loss tangent of both wetwood and normal wood reached the minimum and maximum, respectively, early in the drying. The minimum and maximum of the wetwood were smaller and larger than those of the normal wood. These differences between the wetwood and normal wood were mainly caused by the differences in initial moisture content because such differences, which existed in the green wood, disappeared once a water-saturated condition was reached.
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