Surface Fractal Dimensionality and Hygroscopicity for Heated Wood

T. Nakano and J. Miyazaki

Summary

The relationship between hygroscopicity and the microsurface of heated wood was examined using the fractal surface dimensionality. The hygroscopicity of heated wood decreased with the increase in heating temperature to 250°C, and then decreased again above 350°C after increasing up to 350°C. This change corresponded to chemical changes in the wood, especially a reduction in hydroxyl groups, up to 250°C, and to the temperature dependence of the fractal dimensionality calculated from nitrogen gas adsorption above 250°C. The fractal dimensionality increased gradually from 100 to 250°C, followed by a rapid increase above 250°C with a peak at 350°C, and leveled off above 400°C. From the results, it is concluded that hygroscopicity of heated wood changes at 250°C and that it is dependent upon the chemical properties of wood below 250°C and upon the surface complexity above 250°C.

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Holzforschung is an international scholarly journal that publishes cutting-edge research on the biology, chemistry, physics and technology of wood and wood components. High quality papers about biotechnology and tree genetics are also welcome. Rated year after year as one of the top scientific journals in the category of Pulp and Paper (ISI Journal Citation Index), Holzforschung represents innovative, high quality basic and applied research.

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