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Title: Wood Handbook, Chapter 13: Drying and Control of Moisture Content

Source: General Technical Report FPL-GTR-190. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory: 13-1 - 13-20. Chapter 13.

Author(s)Bergman, Richard

Publication Year: 2010  View PDF »

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Category: General Technical Reports
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4851-MA

Abstract: In the living tree, wood contains large quantities of water. As green wood dries, most of the water is removed. The moisture remaining in the wood tends to come to equilibrium with the relative humidity of the surrounding air. Correct drying, handling, and storage of wood will minimize moisture content changes that might occur after drying when the wood is in service. If moisture content is controlled within reasonable limits by such methods, major problems from dimensional changes can usually be avoided.

Keywords: Wood moisture, moisture, lumber, wood drying, drying, humidity, veneers, veneering, plywood, building materials, dwellings, dampness in buildings, wood defects, moisture content, kiln drying, air drying, dimensional stability, green lumber, shrinkage, fiber saturation point, equilibrium moisture content

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

Date posted: 06/21/2010

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RITS Product ID: 36272
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Bergman, Richard
Research Forest Products Technologist
  

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