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CADEMARTORI, Pedro Henrique Gonzalez de et al. Modification of static bending strength properties of Eucalyptus grandis heat-treated wood. Mat. Res. [online]. 2012, vol.15, n.6, pp. 922-927. Epub Oct 11, 2012. ISSN 1516-1439. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-14392012005000136.
The present study describes the effect of thermal rectification on physical and mechanical properties of Eucalyptus grandis wood at different levels of temperature and time. Samples of Eucalyptus grandis wood (10 × 10 × 200 mm) were heat-treated at 180, 200, 220 and 240 °C during 4 and 8 hours. The mechanical properties of heat-treated and untreated samples were determined by static bending tests. The physical properties were determined by weight loss and swelling tests. The results showed that modulus of elasticity, modulus of rupture, weight loss, volumetric swelling and linear swelling were affected significantly by the thermal rectification. However, the length of exposure influenced just weight loss, while the temperature influenced all the studied properties of heat-treated wood. More significant modifications with treatments at a temperature of 200 °C or higher were found in the properties of heat-treated wood.
Keywords : heat treatment; thermal rectification; wood technology.