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Mass of piled lumber estimated through vibration test
Journal of Wood Science volume 66, Article number: 32 (2020)
Abstract
The aim of this study is to propose a method for measuring the mass of wood lumber in piles through a vibration test. Airdried sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis Carr.) pieces with 1500–1600 mm length (L), 105 mm width (R), and 105 mm thickness (T) were used as specimens. We created a model of wood lumber inside a pile. A load 10 times that of the specimen was applied to the specimen, and vibration was initiated in the direction of the specimen’s length. The vibration test was conducted for the specimen with, and without a small steel plate. The specimen mass was estimated without weighing using the method based on the difference of the resonance frequency when a concentrated mass is added to and subtracted from wood. The specimen mass was thus estimated accurately through this vibration method. It is possible that the mass of the water removed from the wood lumber by drying can be estimated with this vibration method.
Introduction
In wood drying, the moisture content of wood lumber at the end of the drying process is very important. The moisture content of the wood lumber outside of the pile can be easily determined using a commercial moisture meter. However, it is difficult to measure the moisture content of the wood lumber inside the pile; moisture meters cannot be generally attached to the cross section of the wood lumber because they are not designed to measure the cross section, and the moisture content around the end of wood lumber is too low and not representative of the whole wood lumber. Hence, it is necessary to dismantle the pile and take the wood lumber from inside the pile out for weighing. However, this process is laborintensive and space is required to place the wood lumber when the pile is dismantled.
The mass of water that has been removed from the wood lumber due to drying can be obtained by weighing the wood lumber before and after drying. Hence, a weighing method for the wood lumber inside the pile is desired.
A vibration method for obtaining the mass, density, and Young’s modulus without weighing based on the difference of the resonance frequency when a concentrated mass is added to and subtracted from wood has been proposed [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12]. This method is referred to as the “Vibration method with additional mass (VAM)” in the present study.
VAM has been studied from various aspects for practical use. Since the weight of the upper lumber is applied to the lower lumber through crossers, the effect of the crossers’ positions on VAM was investigated [8]. As a result, accurate density and Young’s modulus values could be determined using VAM, without the influence of the weight of the upper lumber, by placing crossers at the nodal positions of the longitudinal vibration. The estimation accuracy of VAM using bending vibration was higher than that using longitudinal vibration [9]. The accurate resonance frequency for bending vibration could be generated by tapping the cross section of the wood lumber and the bending vibration with such a method was effective for VAM [10].
In this study, we created a model of wood lumber inside the pile. The purpose of this study is to determine whether bending vibration can be generated by tapping the cross section of the wood lumber inside the pile, and to determine whether this method for generating the bending vibration is effective to VAM.
Theory
Bending vibration under free–free condition is considered. In the case of a thin bar with a constant cross section, the effects of shear deflection and rotary inertia involved in the bending vibrational deflection are negligible, and the Euler–Bernoulli elementary theory of bending can be applied to the bending vibration.
The resonance frequency, represented by f_{n0} (n: resonance mode number, 0: value without the additional mass), is expressed as follows:
where l, E, ρ, I, and A are the specimen length, Young’s modulus, density, the second moment of area, and the crosssectional area. m_{n0} is a constant that is expressed as follows:
The resonance frequency is decreased experimentally by attaching an additional mass while the dimensions, density, and Young’s modulus are not altered. Hence, it can be said that m_{n0} changes to m_{n}. As a result, the resonance frequency after attaching the additional mass is expressed as follows:
The frequency equation for the free–free vibration with concentrated mass M placed at position x = al (x: distance along the bar, 0 ≤ a ≤ 1, a + b = 1) on the bar (Fig. 1) is expressed as follows:
where μ is the ratio of the concentrated mass to the mass of the bar, and it is defined as
The measured resonance frequencies f_{n0} and f_{n} are substituted into Eq. (4) to calculate m_{n}. The calculated m_{n} is substituted into Eq. (5) to calculate μ. The specimen mass and density can be obtained by substituting the calculated μ, the concentrated mass, and the dimensions of the bar into Eq. (6). Young’s modulus can be calculated by substituting the estimated density, the resonance frequency without the concentrated mass and the dimensions of the bar into Eq. (1) [1,2,3,4,5,6].
A measurement of the specimen mass is not required for these calculations. The above is the calculation procedure of VAM.
Materials and methods
Specimens
Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis Carr.) bars were used as specimens. The bars’ dimensions were length (L) = 1500–1600 mm, width (R) = 105 mm, and thickness (T) = 105 mm. The specimens were conditioned to a constant mass at 20 °C and 65% relative humidity. Five specimens were used. All the tests were conducted under the same conditions.
Bending vibration test
To estimate the specimen mass by VAM, vibration tests were conducted according to the following procedures.
Vibration test with specimen suspended by two threads
The test bar was suspended by two threads at the nodal positions of free–free bending vibration corresponding to its first resonance mode (0.2242 l and 0.7758 l), and then the vibration was initiated in the direction of the bar length at one end using a wooden hammer, while the bar motion was detected using a microphone (PRECISION SOUND LEVEL METER 2003, NODE Co., Ltd, Tokyo, Japan) at the same end, assuming actual sites. The direction of the microphone was vertical. The signal was processed through a fast Fourier transform (FFT) digital signal analyzer (MultiPurpose FFT Analyzer CF5220, Ono Sokki Co., Ltd, Yokohama, Japan) to yield highresolution resonance frequencies (Fig. 2).
The vibration test was conducted with and without a steel plate, whose dimensions were 30 mm width, 10 mm thickness and 45 mm length (106 g), and we measured the resonance frequency. The steel plate was bonded at x = 0 on the LRplane with doublesided adhesive tape.
Vibration test for the pile model
A model was created of a pile of wood lumber. In order to reduce the contact area, each specimen was supported at the loading position, corresponding to its first resonance mode, using an iron jig with an area of 10 mm (Ldirection of the specimen) × 200 mm (Rdirection of the specimen). Two 10 mm (Ldirection of the specimen) × 200 mm (Rdirection of the specimen) × 5 mm (Tdirection of the specimen) rubber sheets were inserted between each specimen and its iron jig to obtain clear waveforms (Fig. 3) [8]. The same iron jigs with the rubber sheet, a wood bar with the same dimensions as the specimens, and weights were placed on the specimen. The sum of the mass placed on the specimen corresponded to about ten specimens.
The vibration was initiated in the direction of the specimen’s length at one end using a wooden hammer, whereas the motion of the bar was detected by the abovementioned microphone at the same end, assuming actual sites. The direction of the microphone was vertical. The signal was processed through the abovementioned FFT digital signal analyzer to yield highresolution resonance frequencies. The abovementioned steel plate was used as a concentrated mass and was bonded at x = 0 on the LRplane with doublesided adhesive tape.
Results and discussion
Figure 4 shows an example of waveforms produced during the vibration test, where the specimen is suspended by two threads (Fig. 2). Various vibration modes appeared. The Young’s modulus obtained by the Goens–Hearmon regression method based on the Timoshenko theory of bending [13,14,15] using the resonance frequencies of B1–B4 was 13.24 GPa, while Young’s moduli obtained based on the longitudinal vibration theory using L1, L2, L3, L4, and L5 were 13.43, 13.48, 13.50, 13.48, and 13.46 GPa, respectively. Because the values were similar, B1–B4 were the bending vibration modes and L1–L5 were the longitudinal vibration modes [10]. Thus, the bending modes could be distinguished from the longitudinal modes and the resonance frequency B1 was used for the following analysis.
The estimation of the specimen mass by VAM is discussed. The estimation accuracy of VAM is expressed by the mass ratio (specimen mass estimated by VAM/measured specimen mass). The closer this value is to 1, the higher the estimation accuracy is. In VAM, the position of the concentrated mass was x = 0 and the center of gravity of the concentrated mass x_{G} = 30/2 = 15 mm.
When the specimen was suspended by two threads (Fig. 2; Table 1), the estimation accuracy was higher for x = x_{G} than for x = 0. This was the same tendency as the previous study [10]. The estimation accuracy for x = x_{G} was considered sufficiently high.
Table 2 represents the results of the piledlumber model (Fig. 3). Comparing the resonance frequency for the piledlumber model (Table 2) with that where the specimen was suspended by two threads (Table 1), the vibration restraint caused by the weight placed on the specimen was small. The estimation accuracy showed the same tendency in both cases. Hence, the bending vibration generated by tapping the cross section of the wood lumber, on which there is another wood lumber, could be used for VAM.
The application of this method to actual piles was considered. Although it takes time to attach and detach the concentrated mass in VAM, it is not necessary to inspect all the wood lumber in a pile using VAM. A moisture meter can be used for the wood lumber outside the pile, as mentioned above, and the inspection with VAM requires several specimens inside the pile. Therefore, the time required to attach and detach the concentrated mass is not considered a serious problem.
The microphone cannot be used at several wood drying sites due to the loud noise. A noncontact laser displacement meter or an accelerometer that also serves as a concentrated mass can be used in such cases.
In addition, the vibration restraint at the crosser is a possible problem. In practice, placing the crossers at the vibration nodes accurately may be difficult, when lumber is piled. Hence, it is necessary to consider the influence of the position of the crosser. If the specimen is long, more than two crossers will be required, so it is necessary to consider the effect of the number of crossers. Since the vibration node has no width, theoretically, the contact area between the support and the specimen was reduced (10 mm in the length direction of the specimen, Fig. 3) to approach the ideal condition in this study. It is necessary to consider the width of the crosser in practical applications. Furthermore, it is necessary to examine whether there is a more appropriate material for the crosser, other than the rubber used in this study.
Conclusions
VAM was applied to wood lumber in the piledlumber model and the specimen mass was estimated. The results were as follows:
 1.
The estimation accuracy of VAM was thought to be sufficiently high when the position of the concentrated mass in calculation was the center of gravity.
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It is possible that the mass of the water that is removed from the wood lumber by drying can be obtained without weighing the wood lumber, because VAM could be applied to the piledlumber model.
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The time required to attach and detach the concentrated mass in VAM is not considered a serious problem, because VAM needs to be performed on some wood lumber in the pile.
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Abbreviations
 VAM:

Vibration method with additional mass
 L:

Longitudinal direction
 R:

Radial direction
 T:

Tangential direction
 FFT:

Fast Fourier transform
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This study was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant number JP15K07522.
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This study was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant number JP15K07522.
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Kubojima, Y., Sonoda, S. & Kato, H. Mass of piled lumber estimated through vibration test. J Wood Sci 66, 32 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s10086020018805
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Keywords
 Additional mass
 Drying
 Piled wood lumber
 Vibration test