Title page for ETD etd-10122005-134440

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Honeycutt, Robert Mahone
URN etd-10122005-134440
Title Acoustic emission based control of wood drying
Degree PhD
Department Wood Science and Forest Products
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Skaar, Christian Committee Chair
Field, Paul E. Committee Member
Henneke, Edmund G. II Committee Member
Ifju, Geza Committee Member
Lamb, Fred M. Committee Member
Thomas, William C. Committee Member
Wengert, Eugene M. Committee Member
  • Acoustic emission testing
  • Lumber Drying Mathematical models
Date of Defense 1991-11-29
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Drying is one of the most critical process steps in converting trees to a marketable material for use in high value wood products. The primary reasons for drying wood are to prevent biological deterioration and to improve mechanical strength and dimensional stability. The purpose of this research study was to develop an approach to the control of drying red oak lumber that monitors acoustic emission as the basis for setting environmental conditions throughout the drying process. Northern red oak (Quercus sp.) was chosen for this study because it is one of the more difficult woods grown in the United States to dry without inducing defects. This study was limited to end drying of short lengths of full sized red oak lumber.

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