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International Journal of the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Technology of Wood

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Volume 67, Issue 4 (May 2013)


Measuring the thermal properties of green wood by the transient plane source (TPS) technique

Anna Dupleix
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  • Arts et Metiers ParisTech LaBoMaP, Rue Porte de Paris, F-71250 Cluny, France
  • Department of Forest Products Technology, School of Chemical Technology, Aalto University, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland
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Published Online: 2012-11-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/hf-2012-0125


The thermal properties of wood in the green state have been determined by the transient plane source (TPS) technique. Data are presented on thermal conductivity (λ), heat capacity (C), and thermal diffusivity (κ) at moisture contents (MCs) above the fiber saturation point, which are based on measurements using the HotDisk® apparatus. Four wood species (Douglas fir, beech, birch, and spruce) were tested, and the results are compared with literature data and those obtained by the flash method. A linear relationship was found between the thermal properties λ, C, and κ on the one hand and MC on the other. Equations predicting the thermal values as a function of MC and wood anisotropy are presented. Wood C and λ increase with MC, but wet wood diffuses heat more rapidly than dry wood.

Keywords: green wood; heat capacity; HotDisk®; thermal conductivity; thermal diffusivity; transient plane source (TPS)


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Corresponding author: Anna Dupleix, Arts et Metiers ParisTech LaBoMaP, Rue Porte de Paris, F-71250 Cluny, France, Phone: +33 3 85 59 53 27, Fax: +33 3 85 59 53 85.

Received: 2012-07-25

Accepted: 2012-10-23

Published Online: 2012-11-23

Published in Print: 2013-05-01

Citation Information: Holzforschung, ISSN (Online) 1437-434X, ISSN (Print) 0018-3830, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/hf-2012-0125.

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