ATEŞ S., AKYILDIZ M. H., Ozdemir H.

BIORESOURCES, vol.4, no.3, pp.1032-1043, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Journal Name: BIORESOURCES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1032-1043
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, the effects of heat treatment on some physical, mechanical, chemical properties, and cellulose crystallinity of calabrian pine (Pinus brutia Ten.) were evaluated. Wood specimens were treated with heat under atmospheric pressure at three different temperatures (130, 180, and 230 degrees C) and two different time levels (2 and 8 h). Air-dry density (D(m)), oven-dry density (D(0)), shrinkage (beta), swelling (alpha), fiber saturation point (FSP), compression strength parallel to grain (sigma(cll)), bending strength (sigma(b)), modulus of elasticity (MOE) in bending, equilibrium moisture content (EMC), holocellulose, and alcohol solubility were decreased, whereas 1% NaOH solubility and lignin content were increased, depending on the heating temperature and time. Cellulose crystallinity of the samples was not changed significantly. 130 degrees C showed a minimal effect; on the other hand, 230 degrees C showed a maximum effect on all properties of the treated wood. That's why, for the heat treatment process, 130 degrees C for 2 h should be applied in situations where mechanical properties such as modulus of elasticity, compression strength, bending strength, and hardness are important. However, 230 degrees C for 2 h should be used in situations where it is preferred to obtain favorable physical properties, such as density, shrinkage, swelling, and moisture content.