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Time-of-Flight Adjustment Procedure for Acoustic Measurements in Structural TimberAuthor(s): Danbiel F. Llana; Guillermo Iñiguez-Gonzalez; Francisco Arriaga; Xiping Wang
Source: BioResources 11 (2), 3303-3317; 14 p.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionThe effect of timber length on time-of-flight acoustic longitudinal measurements was investigated on the structural timber of four Spanish species: radiata pine (Pinus radiata D. Don), Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.), laricio pine (Pinus nigra Arn.), and maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Ait.). Time-of-flight longitudinal measurements were conducted on 120 specimens of dimensions 90 x 140 mm using three commercially available acoustic instruments (Sylvatest Duo, USLab, and Microsecond Timer). Time-of-flight data were initially obtained from the full-length (4 m) specimens, and then from the specimens cut to 3, 2, and 1 meter in length by successively cutting off 0.5 m from each end. The acoustic longitudinal velocity of the timber specimens of different lengths was also measured using a resonance-based acoustic method. The apparent acoustic longitudinal velocity for all species increased linearly as the timber length decreased from 4 to 1 meter. Acoustic velocity determined from time-of-flight data was significantly higher than the acoustic velocity determined using the resonance method, indicating systematic measurement errors associated with the time-of-flight instruments. Empirical models were developed for the relationships between time-offlight measurements on timber specimens and timber lengths in the range of 1 to 4 m. Finally, a procedure was proposed to correct the timeof-flight data.
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CitationLlana, Danbiel F.; Iñiguez-Gonzalez, Guillermo; Arriaga, Francisco; Wang, Xiping. 2016. Time-of-flight adjustment procedure for acoustic measurements in structural timber. BioResources. 11(2): 3303-3317.
KeywordsLength effect, Sawn timber, Time-of-flight, Ultrasonic wave, Vibration analysis, Wave velocity
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