Investigation of oscillating climates for wood drying using the flying wood test and loaded beams: Need for a new mechano-sorptive model
Keywords:drying stress, beech, oscillating conditions, mechano-sorptive model, flying wood
In this work, the effects of moisture content variations produced by oscillating drying conditions have been studied by means of non-symmetrical drying (flying wood) and loaded drying (3-point bending test). The oscillating conditions are intended to produce a mechano-sorptive creep that is able to reduce drying stresses. However, our experimental data seem to prove that the activation of the mechano-sorptive creep by oscillations of the moisture content is very limited. Besides, the simulations showed that noisy conditions due to the kiln regulation already activate the mechano-sorptive creep, even for non-oscillating conditions, and could confuse the results. Contrary to the experimental observations, the implementation of classical mechano-sorptive models in the drying simulation model is far too optimistic, which means that these models are not suitable when the material is submitted to numerous oscillations.