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A Methodology for Experimental Research of the Freezing Process of Logs

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This paper describes a methodology for experimental research of the change in the temperature and humidity of the air processing medium and also in the temperature at 4 points of the longitudinal section of logs during freezing. The suggested methodology is used to research the change in the mentioned parameters of poplar logs with diameters of 240 mm, lengths of 480 mm and moisture content above the hygroscopic range during 50 h of freezing in a freezer at a temperature of about -30 °C. The automatic measurement and recording of the parameters is carried out with the help of Data Logger type HygrologNT3 produced by the Swiss firm ROTRONIC. The precise instrumentation allowed, for the first time ever, the measuring of the impact the latent heat released by the free water on the log had on the warming up of the wood during water crystallization in the logs.

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An Approach for Computing the Heat Sources in Logs Subjected to Freezing

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This study suggests an approach for computing the specific energies of the internal heat sources in logs subjected to freezing. The approach maximally considers the physics of the freezing processes of both the free and the bound water in wood. It reflects the influence on the mentioned energies of the wood density above and below the hygroscopic range. It also considers the icing degrees formed separately by both the free and bound water in the logs, as well as the influence of the fiber saturation point of each wood species on its respective amount of non-frozen water depending on temperatures below 272.15 K. Mathematical descriptions of the specific heat energies Q v-fw and Q v-bw released in logs during free water freezing in the range from 0 °C to −1 °C and of the bound water below –1 °C, respectively, have been executed. These descriptions are introduced in own 2D non-linear mathematical model of the freezing process of logs. For the solution of the model and computation of the energies Q v-fw and Q v-bw, a software program based on the suggested approach and mathematical descriptions was prepared in FORTRAN, which was input into the calculation environment of Visual Fortran. With the aid of the program, computations were completed to determine the energies Q v-fw and Q v-bw and their sum, Q v-total of a beech log subjected to freezing. The beech log had a diameter of 0.24 m, a length of 0.48 m, an initial temperature of 20.5 °C, a basic density of 683 kg·m−3, and a moisture content of 0.48 kg·kg–1 during its 30 hours in a freezer at approximately −30 °C.

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Modelling of the 1D Convective Heat Exchange between Logs Subjected to Freezing and to Subsequent Defrosting and the Surrounding Environment/ Egydimenziós konvektív hővezetés modellezése fagyott és normál állapotú rönk és környezte között

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A 1D mathematical model for the computation of the temperature on the surface of cylindrical logs, tsr, and the non-stationary temperature distribution along the radiuses of logs subjected to freezing and subsequent defrosting at convective exponentially changing boundary conditions has been suggested. The model includes mathematical descriptions of the thermal conductivity in radial direction, λr, the effective specific heat capacity, ce, and the density, ρ, of the non-frozen and frozen wood, and also of the heat transfer coefficient between the surrounding air environment and the radial direction of horizontally situated logs, αr. With the help of the model, computations have been carried out for the determination of αr, tsr, λsr, and 1D temperature distribution along the radiuses of beech logs with diameters of 0.24 m, initial temperature 20 °C, and moisture content 0.4 kg·kg-1, 0.8 kg·kg-1, and 1.2 kg·kg-1, during their freezing at -20 °C, and during subsequent thawing at 20 °C.

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