The use of an acoustic technique to assess wood decay in laboratory soil-bed tests

L. Machek, H. Militz, R. Sierra-Alvarez

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This study assesses the changes in elastic behaviour (i.e. modulus of elasticity - MOE) and mass loss of different hardwood and softwood species exposed to decay in laboratory soil-bed tests. Elasticity moduli were determined using conventional static methods as well as a dynamic method based on flexural vibration. The results obtained show a high correlation between dynamic and static bending measurements for all the timber species tested at different stages of fungal decay. Furthermore, the non-destructive MOE assessment proved to be a good tool for the early detection of wood decay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-472
Number of pages6
JournalWood Science and Technology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Plant Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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