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Title: Rapid Assessment of Wood Density of Standing Trees with Nondestructive Methods - A Review

Source: In: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Biobase Material Science and Engineering, October 21-23, 2012, Changsha, China. 2012; pp. 262-267.

Author(s)Gao, Shan; Wang, Xiping; Brashaw, Brian K.; Ross, Robert J.

Publication Year: 2012  View PDF »

Category: Conference Proceedings
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4714-1B

Abstract: Assessment of the quality of standing timber has become a crucial issue in the operational value chain as forestry and the wood processing industry are increasingly under economic pressure to maximize extracted value. A significant effort has been devoted toward developing robust nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technologies capable of predicting the intrinsic wood properties of individual trees, stems, and logs, and assessing the value of stands and forests. This paper provides a comprehensive review of the research results in the use of increment coring, needle penetration, nail withdrawal, and micro-drilling to determine wood density of standing trees.

Keywords: Resistograph, Pilodyn Wood Tester, Torsiometer, nail withdrawal, trees, wood density

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 430 kb(s)

Date posted: 10/17/2014
RITS Product ID: 71402
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Ross, Robert J.
Supervisory Research Gen. Engineer
Wang, Xiping
Research Forest Products Technologist

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