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.
Guidelines for salvage harvest, storage and processing of plantation-grown logs affected by fire
As consequence of the impact of the 2019/2020 fires in Australia this project was designed to the develop guidelines for fire salvage and burnt log storage and processing, for pine and eucalyp... Read More
Validated softwood stiffness predictions using IML-Resistograph and eCambium (VNB459-1718)
This project utilised the IML-RESI, a tool that works by using small-diameter drill technology, to quickly and cost effectively capture details of a tree’s wood variability and quality. The re... Read More
Increasing the value of under-utilised forest resources through the development of advanced engineered wood products (PNB407-1516)
The aim of this project was to deliver and validate technologies to transform low-value forest resources and sub-optimum quality logs into high-value construction and appearance products suita... Read More
Control and manage the moisture content of logs and biomass to maximise benefits along the wood supply chain (PNC400-1516)
This project aimed to provide forest managers with the tools to balance reduced transport costs through natural drying of roadside stocks of biofuel and of logs for chips and other wood produc... Read More
Developing high-mass laminated flooring products from fibre-managed plantation hardwood
This project aimed to develop commodity-based high-mass laminated timber building components using fibre-managed plantation hardwood, aiming to diversify plantation hardwood product range thro... Read More
“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