Transient destabilisation in anisotropic vibrational properties of wood when changing humidity - Archive ouverte HAL Access content directly
Journal Articles Holzforschung Year : 2021

Transient destabilisation in anisotropic vibrational properties of wood when changing humidity


Moisture changes cause transient effects in various polymeric materials. In wood, they are mainly documented in semi-static or low-frequency domains and could explain various anomalies in wood behaviour, including the so-called mechano-sorptive effect. This article aimed at exploring and quantifying transient effects in wood vibrational properties, evidenced but in few publications. A series of 65 experiments on spruce and maple, in longitudinal (L) and radial (R) directions, spanning many humidity trajectories, were monitored through time (1-7 weeks) after step-change in relative humidity (RH). Changes in dimensions and specific dynamic modulus of elasticity (E′/γ) closely followed change in moisture content (MC). But the damping coefficient (tanδ) always increased (whether MC increased or decreased) within first hours/days, before slowly re-decreasing. This was quantitatively analysed by subtracting equilibrium moisture content (EMC) dependence from the global changes in tanδ, which simultaneously expressed destabilisation, followed by physical ageing (a slow process towards approaching equilibrium). For small EMC steps, the amplitude of destabilisation in L tanδ exceeded changes due to EMC dependence. Destabilisation was of similar importance relative to L or to R tanδ, while R tanδ showed much (2−4×) stronger EMC dependence. Amplitude of destabilisation increased with wider RH/EMC-steps (and faster sorption rates). Within an experiment, maximum destabilisation occurred nearly concomitantly with maximum sorption rate. Equilibrium was usually reached in MC, even within one week, but seldom in tanδ, even after several weeks. Results suggested that: (i) drying caused similar amplitudes of destabilisation, but that occurred sooner, and recovered faster, than humidifying; (ii) small RH-steps caused relatively smaller amplitudes of destabi-lisation, but that occurred later, and spanned over longer time before recovering equilibrium, than wide RH-steps. Some possible hypotheses are introduced to explain the observed phenomena. These phenomena also have important practical consequences in real-life wood uses and, particularly, in the design of experimental protocols.
Fichier principal
Vignette du fichier
Brémaud-Gril_2020_Holzforschung_Transient destabilisationVibrationalProperties_ChangingHumidity.pdf (4.57 Mo) Télécharger le fichier
Origin Publisher files allowed on an open archive

Dates and versions

hal-03013259 , version 1 (18-11-2020)



Iris Brémaud, Joseph Gril. Transient destabilisation in anisotropic vibrational properties of wood when changing humidity. Holzforschung, 2021, 75 (4), pp.328-344. ⟨10.1515/hf-2020-0029⟩. ⟨hal-03013259⟩
75 View
31 Download



Gmail Mastodon Facebook X LinkedIn More