Surface Characterization of Weathered Wood Using A Laser Scanning System

Martin Arnold, Richard L. Lemaster, William A. Dost


Most of the existing methods to assess the effect of weathering on wood surfaces have some drawbacks that limit their use to specific tasks. The amount of surface erosion is often used as a measure for the weathering action. The application of a laser scanning system to reproduce surface profiles and to measure weathering erosion was tested on various samples and was found to be a very useful and superior alternative to existing methods. Further improvements of the system used can be made by refinements of the calibration procedures and by more comprehensive profile analyses.


Laser scanning;surface profiles;weathering;wood surface erosion

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