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.
Standing tree measurement of acoustic velocity as a predictor of kraft pulp yield in E. nitens across 2 sites
This report was designed to validate or discard the use of standing tree and/or log acoustics as a tool for predicting Kraft pulp yield (KPY). As a result Acoustic velocity in both standing a... Read More
Review of fertilizer use in Australian forestry
This report reviews the history and current state of knowledge of fertiliser use in softwood and hardwood plantations in Australia, surveys current fertiliser use and strategies and compares t... Read More
Characterisation of plywood properties manufactured from plantation grown eucalypts
The key objective of this project was to determine the suitability of selected plantation eucalypts for the production of plywood. The quantity and quality of manufactured veneer and ply... Read More
The effect of thinning on wood quality and solid wood product recovery of regrowth forests: E. regnans from central highlands
The objective of this research was to determine if, after the application of conventional processing methods, there were differences in solid wood quality, recovery and board defects between E... Read More
Assessing the ability of a large-scale fire test to predict the performance of wood poles exposed to severe bushfires and the ability of fire retardant treatments to reduce the loss of wood poles expo
There are approximately five million wood power poles in Australia, and their loss in severe bushfires has become a matter of increasing concern to the Electricity Supply industry. Observation... Read More
Locating resin defects in slash pine billets using microwave imaging - A laboratory scale trial
This study investigated the potential of microwave imaging and acoustic tomography to detect the presence and location of resin shakes and/or resin streaks in Slash pine billets. Two approach... Read More
Variable retention harvesting in Victorian mountain ash forest
The study examined the efficacy of the Variable Retention Harvesting System (VRHS). It focused on 1939 regrowth Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) forest in the Central Highlands of Victoria. T... Read More
Sorting plantation Eucalyptus nitens logs with acoustic wave velocity
This project evaluated Acoustic wave velocity (AWV) as a direct measure of wood stiffness using two age classes (8 years and 13–15 years) of Eucalyptus nitens. Standing trees and felled logs w... Read More
Mitigation of the UV-driven discolouration of reconstituted and dyed veneers
This project investigated discolouration of selected veneers exposed to UV light and effectiveness of various coatings currently used by the industry in maintaining colour stability. The repo... Read More
Determining the economics of processing plantation eucalypts for solid timber products
This project assessed the economics of processing plantation eucalypts of known origin using current industry-standard equipment and procedures and identified the factors most directly affecti... Read More