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.
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
Improving the durability of low durability plantation hardwoods for use as power poles
Australian energy distribution authorities may face a shortage of timber suitable for power distribution poles. This ongoing three-year research project is looking at potential replacement tim... Read More
Glulam design based on lamination grades and the use of mill shorts
The strength of a glulam beam depends on factors such as the number of and wood qualities of the laminating timbers that are glued on top of each other to form the beam; however, glulam beam s... Read More
Four year inspection of a comparative trial of accelerated H3 decay test method
It is crucial that new H3 (for external above ground use) timber preservative products are reliable and have proven results; however, the laboratory and field tests that measure performance ca... Read More
Active genetic conservation and utilisation of native radiata pine germplasm
Maintaining genetic diversity and conserving forest genetic resources are critical to forest sustainability, ecosystem stability and species’ continued adaptation and survival. This project wi... Read More
NIR Assessment of MUF Resin Quality for Composite Panel Production
Traditionally it takes many hours before the results from monitoring MUF (melamine urea formaldehyde) resins used in MDF manufacturing plants are available to production engineers. If the qual... Read More
The potential to recover higher value veneer products from fibre managed plantation eucalypts and broaden market opportunities for this resource. Part A and Part B
Tasmanian forests are predicted to produce over 2,000,000 cubic metres of pulp grade hardwood logs annually, largely from unpruned, unthined plantations currently managed for fibre production.... Read More
Evaluation of super-heated steam vacuum drying viability and development of a predictive drying model for four Australian hardwood species
Drying timber to produce material for high quality applications is an expensive and time- consuming operation. The drying process consumes approximately 70% of the energy required to convert g... Read More