FEM simulation of interactions between microwaves and wood during thawing
2006 (English)In: 2nd Conference on Mathematical Modeling of Wave Phenomena / [ed] Nilsson B, Fishman L, New York: American Institute of Physics , 2006, 260-267 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Dipole polarization of water molecules is an important factor when microwaves interact with moist wood. Hence there will be a considerable change in dielectric properties when the wood changes from frozen to nonfrozen condition. The aim of this study was to develop a model that simulates measurements with a microwave scanner based on a sensor working at 9.4 GHz. Two-dimensional finite element modelling (FEM) was implemented to analyze interactions between microwaves and green wood during thawing of frozen wood at room temperature. A medical computed tomography scanner was used to measure the internal structure of density in a piece of wood in green and dry condition. From these density images the distribution of dry weight moisture content was calculated for a cross section of the piece and used in the model. Images describing the distribution of the electric field and phase shift at different temperatures where obtained from the FEM simulation. The results show that simulated values correspond well to measured values. This confirms that the model presented in this study is a useful tool to describe the interaction between microwaves and wood during microwave scanning at varying conditions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: American Institute of Physics , 2006. 260-267 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46082OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-46082DiVA: diva2:436945