The Processing category covers research projects such as hardwood and softwood sawmilling and processing; increasing the performance and yield of solid wood, engineered wood and pulp and paper products; and maximising product yields and values from current resources.
Topics covered include improved efficiency of the use of wood resources through improved methods of timber drying, grading and enhancing timber properties such as durability.
A key goal is to create greater value in wood products by developing knowledge and technology to improve existing production and utilisation processes, which leads to maximising value recovery.
“Boxed-Heart” Posts From Small-Diameter Durable-Eucalypt Plantation Thinnings PRB357-1415
This project assessed the suitability of young (9-16 year-old) hardwood logs for the production of boxed-heart posts from four species being Eucalyptus botryoides (southern mahogany), E. clado... Read More
The potential to recover veneer based product from low grade native forest logs (PNB386-1516)
The project aimed to improve the value recovered by peeling low-grade native forest hardwood. It also aimed to define recoveries, characteristics and value from key eastern Victorian eucalypt ... Read More
The extent and causes of decline in productivity from first to second rotation blue gum plantations
This project quantified changes in productivity of blue gum plantations between the first and second rotation, particularly in Western Australia. The research showed that well established fore... Read More
Establishing the comparative durability of African mahogany (Khaya senegalensis) in weather exposed above-ground applications
This research reports the results from the first year of ongoing research into the natural above-ground durability of plantation grown African mahogany (Khaya senegalensis). The study is... Read More
Carbon Storage in Engineered Wood Products in Landfills
Each year approximately two million tonnes of wood and engineered wood products (EWPs) are disposed of in Australian landfills. This project determined the long-term storage of carbon in part... Read More
Opportunities for using sawmill residues in Australia 2013
The saw mill industry in Australia generates large volumes of wood residue in the form of chip, bark and sawdust and understandably it is keen to use this to increase revenue streams. In... Read More
The effect of solid-wood silviculture on growth, form and wood properties in Eucalyptus plantations: an Australian perspective
Thinning, pruning and fertiliser application are important silvicultural treatments used in eucalyptus plantations. This research project investigated the growth and physiological responses, a... Read More
Utilisation of plantation eucalypts in engineered wood products
Currently in South America and Iberia significant quantities of veneer-based engineered wood products (EWP) are produced from plantation eucalypts; however, no Australian wood processing compa... Read More
Processing methods for production of solid wood products from plantation-grown Eucalyptus species of importance to Australia
Having the best processing methods increases the quality and yield of solid wood products, helping to maximise returns for wood processors. This report reviewed methods of producing solid wood... Read More
Quality Control of H2F Treated Timber via NIR Spectroscopy
The Australian building industry relies on pine timbers for house framing and construction, and for regions where termites or borers might be active timbers treated with a pyrethroid preservat... Read More