Wood Science and Technology

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 679–691 | Cite as

Properties and set-recovery of surface densified Norway spruce and European beech

  • Lauri RautkariEmail author
  • Milena Properzi
  • Frédéric Pichelin
  • Mark Hughes


The chemistry and wetting behaviour of surface densified wood were investigated using FT-IR spectroscopy and contact angle analyses. Furthermore, set-recovery of the surface under conditions of fluctuating humidity was measured and quantitative microscopy analyses were undertaken. FT-IR indicated that no significant chemical changes took place during the densification process. However, the wettability of the densified surfaces was significantly lower than unmodified surfaces. Following several high humidity-oven dry cycles, it was found that this densification process was almost completely reversible, i.e., there was full set-recovery.


Contact Angle Densified Wood Contact Angle Measurement Annual Ring Wood Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauri Rautkari
    • 1
    Email author
  • Milena Properzi
    • 2
  • Frédéric Pichelin
    • 2
  • Mark Hughes
    • 1
  1. 1.Forest Products TechnologyHelsinki University of TechnologyEspooFinland
  2. 2.Bern University of Applied Sciences, Architecture, Wood and Civil EngineeringBielSwitzerland

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