Special Issue "Properties of Wood and Wood-Based Materials: Expanding of the Database by Reliable Data"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Wood Science and Forest Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Vlastimil Borůvka
Guest Editor
Department of Wood Processing and Biomaterials, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
Interests: wood characterisation; wood structure and properties (mechanical testing, physical testing); wood modification; wood quality; wood-based materials (generally lignocellulosic materials, primarily wood-fiber boards - manufacturing process, development and properties); creep of wood and wood based materials; wood processing; recycling technologies; impact of silvicultural measures; wood (forest) sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The continual development of research methods opens up completely new possibilities for improving knowledge about the properties of wood and wood-based materials, or comprehensively speaking of lignocellulosic (LC) materials. At the same time, new wood processing technologies have caused changes in the structure of materials, and therefore their properties have also changed. At the present time, the problematics of efficient processing and use of less valuable wood species or biologically damaged logs, recycled wooden products and other LC raw materials in the production of wood composites is also coming to the foreground. Wood composites are usually produced for specific applications with predefined required parameters. Thus, we now face the task of characterizing not only the structure but also the properties of these materials.

Knowledge of the properties of wood and its parameters is essential both for more efficient processing of materials and for better quality production of wood products and materials based on it. The aim of this special edition is to provide the latest basic knowledge about the properties of wood and materials based on it, eventually their structure (construction).

We welcome contributions presenting the results of top and especially "reliable" research in the field of wood, especially works using advanced research methods and presenting new approaches to the characterization of materials. However, we do not underestimate the standard methods used so far, because the primary goal is to expand the database of data on the properties of LC materials, including commercial properties. By "reliability" is meant sufficient statistical significance, validity and reproducibility of data. Reliable data are also important in modelling (simulations) the behaviour of materials when they are exposed to various influences, either mechanical loading, climate changes, etc.

Data (contributions) on wood and wood materials from the countries of Central Europe are primarily welcome, which is especially true for "native" wood (solid wood without treatment) data, but we do not hereby discourage authors from any country.

We plan to publish quality articles presenting research into the properties of wood and wood-based materials, eventually structures of new LC materials.

Dr. Vlastimil Borůvka

Guest Editor

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  • wood and wood composites
  • characterization of lignocellulosic biomaterials
  • physical and mechanical characteristics
  • technological and commercial properties
  • modeling and simulation

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Specific Gravity of Inner and Outer Larch Bark
Forests 2020, 11(11), 1132; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11111132 - 25 Oct 2020
Larch bark is an interesting resource for the production of insulation panels. As it consists of a sugar-rich inner bark and an outer bark containing more durable components, there is the requirement to separate these compartments. Additionally, bark is often mixed with wooden [...] Read more.
Larch bark is an interesting resource for the production of insulation panels. As it consists of a sugar-rich inner bark and an outer bark containing more durable components, there is the requirement to separate these compartments. Additionally, bark is often mixed with wooden pieces after industrial debarking processes. In this study, the wet density, dry density, and specific gravity of wood, whole bark, and inner and outer bark are investigated using the pycnometer method, which has been proven to be adequate for the volume measurement of irregularly shaped, light objects such as bark flakes. Soaked with water, the density of the inner bark is highest, followed by wood, and the lightest is the outer bark. Because of different moisture contents, the wet density is not directly comparable. The outer bark sucked up less water than the inner bark. Focusing on the specific gravity, the wood is the heaviest, followed by the outer bark and the inner bark. The differences are significant for both methods, displaying a promising physical basis for separation methods based on density differences. These might be a means to pick out more durable and less hygroscopic outer bark particles from a bark mixture in order to produce optimized bark composites. Full article
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