EFFECT OF AGE AND DIAMETER CLASS ON THE PROPERTIES OF WOOD FROM CLONAL Eucalyptus

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Wilma Michele Santos Santana Natalino Calegario Marina Donária Chaves Arantes Paulo Fernando Trugilho

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The objective of this work was to evaluate the infl uence of age and diameter class on the physical, thermal and chemical characteristics of a clone of Eucalyptus grandis and Eucalyptus urophylla. The material originated from a reforestation site owned by GERDAU S.A. and included trees at age 34, 48, 61, 74 and 86 months. Two trees were selected per age in each diameter class, observing the proportion of each established plot. Analyses of physical characteristics included wood basic density, dry matter weight and carbon stock, and of chemical characteristics included holocellulose, total extractives content, total lignin and ash content, in addition to elemental and thermal analysis of the wood. Results led to the conclusion that most wood properties were infl uenced by age and diameter class. The species was found to have great potential for production of biomass and generation of heat energy, potentially convertible into mechanical energy and electricity.

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SANTANA, Wilma Michele Santos et al. EFFECT OF AGE AND DIAMETER CLASS ON THE PROPERTIES OF WOOD FROM CLONAL Eucalyptus. CERNE, [S.l.], v. 18, n. 1, p. 1-8, mar. 2016. ISSN 2317-6342. Available at: <http://cerne.ufla.br/site/index.php/CERNE/article/view/789>. Date accessed: 21 sep. 2019.
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Growth, wood quality, energy production
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