Develop high-temperature drying strategies for value-added wood products through computer simulations and laboratory experiments. This research will:
- Use a 3-D mathematical wood drying model under development to validate high-temperature drying;
- Develop a kiln airflow model for stack drying applications;
- Run various simulations to compare simulations to experimental results for stack drying in laboratory high-temperature kilns in presence of air (superheated humid air) and in the absence of air (superheated steam under pressure) for white spruce, balsam fir and trembling aspen;
- Evaluate the drying quality will be the amount of checking and warp, residual drying stresses, mechanical properties, machining properties, dimensional stability, and change in colour.
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