Wood Science and Technology

, Volume 38, Issue 7, pp 507–519

Method of check analysis of microwave-modified wood


DOI: 10.1007/s00226-004-0259-z

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Mekhtiev, M.A. & Torgovnikov, G.I. Wood Sci Technol (2004) 38: 507. doi:10.1007/s00226-004-0259-z


A photo-based method for statistical image analysis of microwave (MW)-modified timber was developed and applied to test sets of Radiata pine and eucalypt hardwoods (Messmate and Mountain Ash). The method is based on filling the checks in timber with stain solution and analysing the wood surface. Bethel impregnation process (in a pressurised treatment vessel) was used to produce uniform surface staining of the test samples. Image processing was automated and the number of manual operations (the human decision-making process) was minimised. A computer program that automates thresholding and a program that repairs the threshold image were written. The software allowed larger images to be analysed and reduced image processing time. The described method produced reliable check measurements and statistics for softwoods. Though suitable for estimating the quality of individual MW-modified hardwood specimens, the method was found to be inadequate for statistical analysis of eucalypt hardwoods because of collateral staining of vessels accompanied with a high level of stain penetration into the wood tissues.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Resource ManagementUniversity of MelbourneCreswickAustralia

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