EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF THERMAL EFFECT ON OLIVE WOOD POROUS STRUCTURE DURING CARBONIZATION

Najla Grioui, Kamel Halouani, André Zoulalian, Foued Halouani

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ABSTRACT The study presented in this paper is an investigation on the porosity changes induced by the carbonization of Tunisian olive wood. The porosity is measured by mercury porosimetry. The experimental results show that the total porosity of carbonized wood increases with the temperature. It should be underlined that the formation of some macropores during the increase of the temperature is certainly due to the breaking of the cell wall by the mercury penetration. The weakness of the cell wall is observed when the degradation rate of the three pseudo components of wood, the notion of which has been introduced by the authors in a previous article (Grioui et al. 2006), becomes high which corresponds to the temperature range between 523 K and 548 K

Key words : mercury porosimetry; porous structure; olive wood; carbonization.


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