Diffusion of ions through some Indian timbers

Narayanamurti, D. ; Ratra, R. S. (1951) Diffusion of ions through some Indian timbers Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Section A, 33 (6). pp. 349-359. ISSN 0370-0089

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A simple diffusion cell (which can be easily constructed from perspex sheeting) for studying the passage of molecules, ions, gases, vapours and liquids through wood and other membranes is described. The diffusion of ions through some species of Indian timbers under variety of conditions has been studied and the results reported. The results show that the diffusion of ions through wood obeys Fick's law as long as the ion does not react with any constituents of the wood. In other cases there is deviation from this law. The diffusion constant is largest in the axial direction and smallest in the tangential direction. As against other claims, for the species tested, ionic diffusion is higher through sapwood than through heartwood. Temperature increases the rate of diffusion of ions. Diffusion of copper sulphate through cellophane is in conformity with Fick's law and is of the same order as for some timbers.

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