Validity limits of Kubelka-Munk theory for DRIFT spectra of photodegraded solid wood

L. Tolvaj, K. Mitsui, D. Varga

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Abstract

The validity of the Kubelka-Munk (K-M) theory was investigated to determine the IR absorption spectra of wood based on diffuse reflection infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT) measurements taken on photodegraded samples. After analysing plenty of DRIFT spectra of wood and examining the shape of the K-M equation, it can be concluded that the measured K-M function can be used as an absorption spectrum if the values of the function are below 14 K-M units. Above this limit, the K-M theory, which was created for poorly absorbing materials, does not give the absorption of wood properly. If a matt aluminium plate is used as a background material and the values are between 14 and 40, absorption changes can be calculated after normalisation of the spectra. This normalising manipulation is only successful if there is an absorption peak close to the examined one which does not change its absorption during the photodegradation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-146
Number of pages12
JournalWood Science and Technology
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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Wood
Fourier transforms
Infrared radiation
Absorption spectra
absorption spectrum
Photodegradation
Aluminum
photodegradation
aluminum
photolysis
sampling

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  • Plant Science
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Validity limits of Kubelka-Munk theory for DRIFT spectra of photodegraded solid wood. / Tolvaj, L.; Mitsui, K.; Varga, D.

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