Effect of high-temperature drying on properties of Norway spruce and larch

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In timber drying, mechanical properties may be changed due to treatment temperature and treatment duration. In general, when increasing the kiln temperature, drying time is decreased and some timber properties are negatively affected. In this study, the effect of different drying temperatures (80, 120 and 170 degrees C) on equilibrium moisture content and sorption rate, on bending strength and stiffness was investigated for Norway spruce and larch from four proveniences and the results were compared to those obtained for heat-treated wood (Thermowood(R)). The experiments confirm earlier research that both treatment temperature and treatment duration affect the properties. High-temperature drying or treatment can be optimized for several applications, yielding strong but not so durable timber or vice versa.

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  • Building Technologies

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  • KSTRWood
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-418
JournalEuropean Journal of Wood and Wood Products
Volume65
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes