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Primary Wood Processing: Principles and Practice

By: JCF Walker

616 pages, 165 line illus, 56 b/w illus


Hardback | Dec 2006 | Edition: 2 | #161388 | ISBN: 1402043929
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About this book

This book is primarily a general text covering the whole sweep of the forest industries. The over-riding emphasis is on a clear, simple interpretation of the underlying science, demonstrating how such principles apply to processing operations. The book considers the broad question "what is wood?" by looking at the biology, chemistry and physics of wood structure. Wood quality is examined, and explanations are offered on how and why wood quality varies and the implications for processing. Finally, various "industrial processes" are reviewed and interpreted. All chapters have been written by specialists, but the presentation targets a generalist audience.

Aus den Rezensionen zur 2. Auflage: "! Das Buch ! gibt einen sehr interessanten Auberblick zu Struktur, Eigenschaften und Verwendung von Holz. Es ist dem Autor gelungen, in sehr kompakter Form ein gut lesbares Werk vorzulegen ! Es ist ! in sehr anschaulicher Form umfassend zusammengestellt. ! Insbesondere im Bereich der Grundlagen gelang es, das aktuelle Wissen ! sehr gut und dicht zusammenzustellen. ! zahlreiche neue Arbeiten ! erganzen ! hervorragend die meist alteren Untersuchungen ! Die anwendungsorientierten Kapitel ! sind eher als erster Auberblick fur den Einsteiger oder den Studierenden der forstlichen Fachrichtungen ! sehr gut geeignet." (Peter Niemz, in: Schweizerische Zeitschrift fur Forstwesen, 2007, Vol. 158, Issue 3-4, S. 80)


Basic wood chemistry and cell wall ultrastructure; the structure of wood - an overview; characteristics of timber - within tree variations; water and wood; dimensional instability of timber; transfer processes in wood; sawmilling; the drying of timber; timber preservation; grading timber; wood panels; plywoods; wood panels - particleboards and fibreboards; an introduction to pulp and paper manufacture; the energy sector - a hidden goliath; wood quality - forest management and utilization.

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