Banner for LabNotes
From Lab Notes
Contact Information
Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


You are here: FPL Home  / Information Products & Services  / Publications

Requested Product

Title: A Spectroscopic study on the fuel value of softwoods in relation to chemical composition

Source: Proceedings of the 55th International Convention of Society of Wood Science and Technology

Author(s)So, Chi-Leung; Eberhardt, Thomas L.; Groom, Les; Shupe, Todd F.

Publication Year: 2012  View PDF »

Category: Conference Proceedings

Abstract: The recent focus on bioenergy has led to interest in developing alternative technologies for assessing the fuel value of available biomass resources. In this study, both near- and mid-infrared spectroscopic datawere used to predict fuel value in relation to extractives and lignin contents for longleaf pine wood. Samples were analyzed both before and after extraction.Using both near- and mid-infrared spectroscopy, strong correlations were found between fuel value and extractives content for the unextracted wood samples, with the mid-IR models providing better correlations while using less factors. These findings were further evident in the plots of the regression coefficients for fuel value and extractives content. Although, total lignin content does impact total fuel value, the predictive ability for both mid-infrared and near-infrareddata were similarly poor for the extractive-free wood samples. The use of these techniques provides further spectroscopic support for the relationships mentioned previously.

Keywords: fuel value, extractives content, lignin content, longleaf pine, near-infrared spectroscopy, mid-infrared spectroscopy

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 246 kb(s)

Date posted: 08/23/2013

This publication is also viewable on Treesearch:  view
RITS Product ID: 64934

Additional items that might interest you
View the video celebrating FPL's 100 years of public service in 2010, from the producers of the Greatest Good....view

Research Highlights from FPL....view

Termite Eradication: A search for the Holy Grail.... view

Moisture Management in Residential Construction Series videos...view

Wood Floor Systems in Residential Construction Series videos....view
- FPL's Mission and Strategic Plan -

FPL's mission is to identify and conduct innovative wood and fiber utilization research that contributes to conservation and productivity of the forest resource, thereby sustaining forests, the economy, and quality of life. ... ..more »

- FPL Research Emphasis Areas -
Advanced Composites

As an integral part of the FPL mission, we improve the long-term sustainability of our Nation's forests by creating valuable composite products from biobased materials ... ..more »

Advanced Structures

The FPL has been in the forefront of wood-frame housing research since 1910 and has long been recognized as a world leader in such housing-related areas as engineered wood ... ..more »

Forest Biorefinery

We all know the compelling reasons that the United States needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Historically, the greatest increases in energy demand have been for transportation fuels ... ..more »


A leader in wood products research for over a century, the FPL is positioning itself to become the lead Federal research facility for the application of nanotechnology in forest products ... more »

Woody Biomass Utilization

Forests in the United States contain a substantial amount of small-diameter, overstocked, and underutilized material.FPL research projects are exploring the potential of the small-diameter ... ..more »