Validation of the X-ray Densitometry Method for Wood Density Determination of Acacia seyal Tree Species
Hanadi Mohamed Shawgi Gamal1, Haytham Hashim Gibreel2
1University of Khartoum, Fac. of Forestry; Forest Products and Industries, Sudan
Wood density is a variable influencing many of the technological and quality properties of wood. It is its single most important physical property. Determining the wood density values is important for its end use. The X-ray technique, traditionally applied to softwood species to assess the wood quality properties, due to its simple and relatively uniform wood structure. However, limited information is available on the validation of using this technique for hardwood species. The suitability of using X-ray technique for the determination of hardwood density has a special significance in countries like Sudan where only a few timbers are well known. This will not only save the time as compare to using the traditional methods but it will also enhance the investigations of a great number of lesser known species. It could fill the missing on information of hardwood species growing in Sudan.
Keywords: Acacia seyal var. seyal, wood density, x-ray densitometry
Contact Address: Hanadi Mohamed Shawgi Gamal, University of Khartoum, Fac. of Forestry; Forest Products and Industries, Alemarat Street 61, Khartoum, Sudan, e-mail: hanadishawgi1979yahoo.com