A computational approach for the hygro-thermal modelling of wood under surface densification

Andrea Genoese, Alessandra Genoese, Stefania Fortino, Lauri Rautkari

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    Abstract

    The high temperature process of wood surface densification increases the wood density in the transverse direction under compression. The recent experimental research has pointed out the influence of the process parameters on the development of the density profiles in the modified samples. The numerical modelling can help to optimize the experimental work which is often expensive due to the large amount of tests required to check the influence of the process parameters. In the present work a FEM simulation of the hygro-thermal behaviour of wood under surface densification is proposed by using a three-dimensional hygro-thermal model based on earlier literature approaches. The model is implemented in a user subroutine of the FEM code Abaqus starting from the definition of a weak form of hygro-thermal equations of the problem. The relationship between the numerical profiles of moisture content and the experimental density profiles is discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sixth European Conference on Wood Modification ECWM6 2012
    EditorsDennis Jones, H. Militz, M. Petrič, F. Pohleven, M. Humar, M. Pavlič
    PublisherUniversity of Ljubljana
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-961-6144-35-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventThe Sixth European Conference on Wood Modification, ECWM6 2012 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Duration: 17 Sep 201218 Sep 2012

    Conference

    ConferenceThe Sixth European Conference on Wood Modification, ECWM6 2012
    Abbreviated titleECWM6
    CountrySlovenia
    CityLjubljana
    Period17/09/1218/09/12

    Keywords

    • finite element method
    • multiphase models
    • wood surface densification

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