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Mechanical properties of wood swollen in organic liquids with two or more functional groups for hydrogen bonding in a molecule

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The modulus of elasticity and the modulus of rupture during static bending in the radial direction, and the viscoelastic properties in the radial direction in the temperature range 20°–100°C of hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa) swollen in organic liquids with two or more functional groups in a molecule were compared with those of wood swollen by moisture. The wood swollen in organic liquids in or near the swelling equilibrium, but not that swollen in organic liquids distant from the swelling equilibrium, showed higher moduli of elasticity and rupture than the wood swollen to a similar degree by moisture. This suggests that wood exists in an unstable state as it approaches the swelling equilibrium, rendering it highly flexible and weak. During the first viscoelastic measurements for wood swollen in various organic liquids, thermal softening was observed in 40°–60°C range and above 80°C, though this softening disappeared during the second measurement. The softening observed in the 40°–60°C range and above 80°C was thought to have been caused by the redistribution of liquid toward the equilibrium state at a higher temperature and the swelling accompanying an elevated temperature, respectively.


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  • Wood
  • Swelling
  • Organic liquid
  • Mechanical properties
  • Hydrogen bonding