Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Younan, Nicholas

Committee Member

Hagler, Marion

Committee Member

Steele, Philip

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


The detection of internal log defects has been shown to have a potential for increasing the lumber value. As an alternative to other available expensive log scanning devices, a method using radio frequency waves has been used to detect the knots. The main focus of the current research is to investigate the effectiveness of using radio frequency waves to detect the knots. Electrostatic finite element analysis is performed to predict the defects in logs. A script has been written using the commercial finite element ANSYS software to predict defects in log sections. The results are then compared with the experimental data measured on actual log sections. Analysis proved that it is possible to detect presence of knots in the log sections.