Probing structural periodicity (annual ring size) in Scots pine by NMR profiling

Espen H. Johannessen, Eddy W. Hansen, Jarl B. Rosenholm

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The water distribution along a direction normal to the annual rings of a water-saturated sapwood sample from Scots pine (9 mm of length) was determined using NMR one-dimensional imaging. The NMR profiles were obtained at a low-field NMR instrument using pulsed field gradients in Hahn echo experiments. Using a gradient pulse of 60 G/cm, a spatial resolution of 12 μm along the axis was obtained. A subsequent Fourier analysis of the signal intensity along the specified direction enabled the size distribution of the annual rings together with the relative amount of water within the rings to be estimated. The technique is a non-damaging way to determine the annual ring profile in wood, and can be further developed as a mobile technique for annual ring profiling of whole trees. © Springer-Verlag 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-547
Number of pages11
JournalWood Science and Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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