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Practical techniques for the vibration method with additional mass: effect of specimen moisture content
Journal of Wood Science volume 63, pages568–574(2017)
Abstract
This work examines the effect of moisture content on the accuracy of nondestructively and simply estimating weight, density, and Young’s modulus by a vibration test without measuring specimen weight. The resonance frequencies with and without concentrated mass were measured by longitudinal vibration and bending vibration tests. The wet specimens whose initial moisture contents were 93–134% were dried at 20 °C and 65% relative humidity, and their weight, density, and Young’s modulus were estimated. The accuracy of the estimation was affected by the increase in the resonance frequency, caused by the drying process, during the vibration tests. The resonance frequency without the concentrated mass should, therefore, be measured after obtaining the resonance frequency with the concentrated mass. The accuracy of the estimation in the bending vibration test was higher than that in the longitudinal vibration test. This tendency can be explained by the error in the measurement of resonance frequencies with and without the concentrated mass.
Introduction
A vibration test is a simple and nondestructive method to measure Young’s modulus and can be applied to machine stress grading. Measurement of specimen density (weight) is required for this testing method; however, the weighing of each piled lumber and the removal of each beam from its timber guardrail for weighing are timeconsuming and laborintensive. Hence, a simple testing method to determine Young’s modulus of lumber without measuring weight is required.
Using theories of vibration, the effect of an additional mass bonded to a bar on the Young’s modulus of the bar has been previously investigated, and frequency equations incorporating the effect of the additional mass and its position for longitudinal and bending vibrations have been developed. These frequency equations can be used to obtain the density and Young’s modulus values from vibration tests without weighing the specimen [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13]. In the present study, this procedure is referred to as the “vibration method with additional mass”.
Various test conditions must be assessed before applying this method to actual cases. The position of concentrated mass [14] and the effect of the crosser’s position of piled lumber [15] have already been studied. The moisture content of piled lumber varies, because it is difficult to perform perfect wood drying. The moisture content of beams for timber guardrails varies because of rain. Thus, the question of whether the vibration method with additional mass can be applied to wet wood needs to be clarified. The effect of the wood moisture content on the vibration method with additional mass was investigated in this study.
Vibration method with additional mass
In the case of a slender beam, the effect of shear deflection and rotary inertia involved in the flexural vibrational deflection is negligible, and the Euler–Bernoulli elementary theory of bending can be applied to the vibration.
Young’s moduli using the longitudinal and bending vibrations E of a rectangular bar with length l are expressed as follows:
where ρ, ω, A, and I are the density, angular frequency (ω = 2πf, f: resonance frequency), crosssectional area, and the moment of inertia of the cross section, respectively. The value of m _{n} is explained below.
The frequency equation for the free–free longitudinal and bending vibrations with concentrated mass M placed at x = al (x: distance along the bar, 0 ≤ a ≤ 1, a + b = 1) of a rectangular bar (Fig. 1) is expressed as follows [7, 9]:
where μ is the ratio of the concentrated mass to the mass of the bar and is written as follows:
The suffix n is the resonance mode number.
If μ = 0, Eqs. (2a) and (2b) become
where the suffix 0 represents the value without the concentrated mass.
For a bar without a concentrated mass, Eqs. (4a) and (4b) give
Since the density and Young’s modulus are the same before and after the concentrated mass is bound to a specimen, using Eqs. (1a), (1b), (5a), and (5b) results in
The value of μ can be calculated by substituting m _{ n } from Eqs. (6a) and (6b) into Eqs. (2a) and (2b), respectively. By substituting the calculated μ, the concentrated mass, and the dimensions of a bar into Eq. (3), the weight and density can be obtained. The Young’s modulus can be calculated by substituting the density from Eq. (3) and the resonance frequency without the concentrated mass into Eqs. (1a) and (1b) [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13]. This procedure is referred to as the “vibration method with additional mass”.
Materials and methods
Specimens
Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis Carr.) was used as the sample specimen in this study. Airdried specimens 300 mm long (L, longitudinal), 30 mm wide (R, radial), and 5 mm thick (T, tangential) were placed under water and then conditioned at 20 °C and 65% relative humidity (R. H.) till they attained a constant weight. Nine specimens were used and divided into 3 groups of A, B, and C.
For 3 specimens of Group A, the tests were performed directly after taking the specimen from water (0 h) and again after 3, 6, and 24 h, and when the weight of the specimen became constant at 20 °C and 65% R. H. (5–12 days). When the weight of the specimen became constant at 20 °C and 65% R. H., the condition of the specimen is regarded to be airdried. For 3 specimens of Group B, the tests were performed at 0, 9, and 12 h, and the airdried condition. For 3 specimens of Group C, the tests were performed at 0, 15, 18, and 21 h, and the airdried condition. After finishing the test under the airdried condition, the specimens were ovendried at 105 °C. The ovendried weight was used to calculate the moisture content of the specimen. Because repeated driving of the staple described later increases the number of holes on the RT plane of a specimen, the same specimen was not used from 0 h to the airdried condition. The moisture content at 0 h varied from 93 to 134%.
The following 13 steps shown in Table 1 were applied to the specimens. All tests were conducted at 20 °C and 65% R. H.
Step 1: Dimensions and weight of the specimen were measured.
Step 2: The first longitudinal vibration test without the concentrated mass was performed.
Step 3: The specimen was weighed.
Step 4: Longitudinal vibration test with the concentrated mass was performed.
Step 5: The concentrated mass and the specimen were weighed.
Step 6: The second longitudinal vibration test without the concentrated mass was performed.
Step 7: The specimen was weighed.
Step 8: The first bending vibration test without the concentrated mass was performed.
Step 9: The concentrated mass and the specimen were weighed.
Step 10: Bending vibration test with the concentrated mass was performed.
Step 11: The specimen was weighed.
Step 12: The second bending vibration test without the concentrated mass was performed.
Step 13: The specimen was weighed.
The resonance frequency will increase with the decrease in the moisture content caused by drying during vibration tests and the increase in the resonance frequency will affect the accuracy of the vibration method with additional mass. Hence, the first and second vibration tests without the concentrated mass (steps 2 and 6 for the longitudinal vibration, and Steps 8 and 12 for the bending vibration) were conducted.
Longitudinal vibration test
To obtain the Young’s modulus, free–free longitudinal vibration tests were conducted on the specimen with and without the concentrated mass using the following procedure. The specimen was placed on a small sponge at the position of x = l/2. The longitudinal vibration was generated by tapping one RT plane of the specimen with a wooden hammer (0.87 g). The motion of the first mode of the bar was detected by a microphone at the other RT plane. The signal was processed through a fast Fourier transform (FFT) digital signal analyzer to yield highresolution resonance frequencies. A diagram of the experimental setup is shown in Fig. 2.
A normal staple for a stapler shown in Fig. 3 (MAX CO., LTD. MAX STAPLES NO.33 M, 0.057 g) was used as the concentrated mass and was driven into the specimen at x = 0 on the RT plane. Two staples were used for 0–24 h and one staple was used under the airdried condition. The specimen weight is smaller at the airdried condition than the initial condition. The accuracy of the vibration method with additional mass is low for large μ [10, 14]. Hence, one staple was used for the airdried condition, so that μ is not too large. The values of μ were 0.00195–0.00430, which were calculated using the masses of the staple and the specimen.
Bending vibration test
To obtain the Young’s modulus by bending, free–free bending vibration tests were conducted on the specimen with and without the concentrated mass using the following procedure. The test bar was suspended by two threads at the nodal positions of free–free vibration corresponding to its first resonance mode, and then, the bending vibration was generated by tapping the LR plane of the bar at one end using the same wooden hammer used for the longitudinal vibration test, while bar motion was detected by a microphone at the other end. The signal was processed through the FFT digital signal analyzer to yield highresolution resonance frequencies (Fig. 4).
An iron plate with dimensions of 2 mm × 3 mm × 25 mm (1.29 g) was used as the concentrated mass and was bonded at x = 0 on the LR plane of the specimen with twosided adhesive tape. The values of μ were 0.0272–0.0649, which were calculated using the masses of the staple and the specimen.
Results and discussion
The means (standard deviations) of the density obtained using weight and volume of the specimen and the Young’s modulus using free–free longitudinal vibration without the concentrated mass were 521 (47.4) kg/m^{3} and 17.0 (2.32) GPa, respectively, when the specimen weight became constant.
The ratios of weight, density, and Young’s modulus, estimated by the vibration method with additional mass, to those obtained by the normal method without the concentrated mass (W/W _{0}, ρ/ρ _{0}, E/E _{0}) were examined. The weight, density, and Young’s modulus by the normal method W _{0}, ρ _{0}, and E _{0} were obtained as follows. Weight W _{0} was actual measurement. Density ρ _{0} was calculated from W _{0} and volume of the specimen. Young’s modulus E _{0} was calculated using Eqs. (1a), (1b), (5a), and (5b). Resonance frequency was measured without the concentrated mass. These three ratios all show the same values (W/W _{0} = ρ/ρ _{0} = E/E _{0}).
Figure 5 shows all results of the changes in the ratios of W/W _{0}, ρ/ρ _{0}, and E/E _{0} during drying at 20 °C and 65% R. H. When the resonance frequencies without the concentrated mass were values obtained from the first longitudinal and bending vibrations (steps 2 and 8), the ratio approached 1 as the moisture content decreased. On the other hand, the ratios were around 1 throughout the drying process when the resonance frequencies without the concentrated mass were values obtained from the second longitudinal and bending vibrations (steps 6 and 12). Therefore, the resonance frequency without the concentrated mass should be measured after measuring the resonance frequency with the concentrated mass.
These trends were caused by the increase in the resonance frequency during the steps 1–13 as a result of the drying process. Equations (2a) and (2b) are as follows for a = 0:
Here, the resonance frequency of the first mode is considered. When the resonance frequency with the concentrated mass f _{1} approaches the resonance frequency without the concentrated mass f _{10}, with f _{1} < f _{10}, m _{1} approaches π [Longitudinal vibration, Eq. (6a)] and 4.73 [Bending vibration, Eq. (6b)]. For these cases, μ approaches 0, and the weight of the specimen from Eq. (3) is very large, as shown in Fig. 6. When f _{1} > f _{10}, m _{1} is larger than π (Longitudinal) and 4.73 (Bending). For these cases, μ < 0 and the weight of the specimen, from Eq. (3), is less than 0, shown in Fig. 6. Therefore, the accuracy of the vibration method with additional mass was high when the resonance frequencies without the concentrated mass were values from the second longitudinal and bending vibrations (steps 6 and 12).
The ratios for the bending vibration test were nearer 1 than those for the longitudinal vibration test (Fig. 5). This result can be explained by the error in measuring resonance frequencies with and without the concentrated mass, as hereafter. From Eqs. (6a) to (6b),
where x = f _{1}/f _{10}, y = m _{1}. Consequently, the following equations are obtained.
The mean (standard deviation) of f _{1}/f _{10} was 0.936 (0.0133) for steps 8, 10, and 12. Substituting this value into Eq. (9b) gives dy/dx = 2.44 for bending. Thus, dy/dx of the longitudinal vibration is by 29% greater than that of the bending vibration, which means that the error in m _{1} of the bending vibration is smaller than that of the longitudinal vibration. Therefore, the results of the bending vibration test are more accurate than those of the longitudinal vibration test. However, applying the bending vibration test to each piled lumber is difficult, and this issue should be explored further in the future.
Conclusions
The resonance frequencies with and without the concentrated mass were measured by longitudinal vibration and bending vibration tests while drying specimens in conditions of 20 °C and 65% R. H. and weight, density, and Young’s modulus were estimated. The following results were obtained:

1.
The accuracy of the estimation was affected by the increase in the resonance frequency during the vibration tests because of drying.

2.
The resonance frequency without the concentrated mass should be measured after the measurement of the resonance frequency with the concentrated mass.

3.
The accuracy of the bending vibration test estimation was higher than that of the longitudinal vibration test. This was explained by the error caused by measuring resonance frequencies with and without the concentrated mass.
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This study was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant number JP15K07522.
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Kubojima, Y., Sonoda, S. & Kato, H. Practical techniques for the vibration method with additional mass: effect of specimen moisture content. J Wood Sci 63, 568–574 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s1008601716530
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Keywords
 Bending vibration
 Longitudinal vibration
 Moisture content
 Vibration method with additional mass
 Wood