Wood Science and Technology

, Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 507–516 | Cite as

The effect of sectioning and ultrasonication on the mesoporosity of poplar tension wood

  • Shan-Shan Chang
  • Françoise Quignard
  • Bruno Clair


Increasing interest in understanding tension stress generation in tension wood with fibres having a gelatinous layer (G-layer) has focused attention on the specific role of this layer. To distinguish its contribution from those of other wall layers, the G-layer of wood sections was isolated by ultrasonication. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of sectioning and of the ultrasonic treatment on the mesoporosity of tension wood using nitrogen adsorption–desorption analysis. The results showed that the process of isolating the G-layer using ultrasonication strongly affects its mesoporosity. Most damage was found to occur during sectioning rather than as a result of the 15-min ultrasonic treatment.


Pore Size Distribution Ultrasonic Treatment Tension Wood Cell Wall Layer Wood Section 
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The authors wish to thank P. Brunier from Domaine Maspiquet in Grabels (Lycee Agropolis Montpellier) for the poplar tree used for this study and M. Chen for the pre-experiment work. This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31300481) and French National Research Agency (ANR-12-BS09-0004). The first author was supported by Chinese National Scholarship Fund.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shan-Shan Chang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Françoise Quignard
    • 3
  • Bruno Clair
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.College of Materials Science and EngineeringCentral South University of Forestry and TechnologyChangshaPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Mécanique et Génie Civil (LMGC), CNRSUniversité de MontpellierMontpellierFrance
  3. 3.Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier, UMR 5253 CNRS, ENSCMUniversité de MontpellierMontpellier Cedex 5France
  4. 4.CNRS, UMR Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane (EcoFoG), AgroParisTech, CIRAD, INRA, Université des AntillesUniversité de GuyaneKourouFrance

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