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.
Opportunities for using sawmill residues in Australia 2007
This project examined options for producing revenues from sawmill residues, predominantly focusing on hardwood mills.. Revenue sources include: Combustion—using the heat, via a heat transfer m... Read More
Wood/water relationships during kiln drying and reconditioning of softwoods
This project identified and characterized the bonding states of water in softwoods during kiln drying, subsequent high humidity and/or steam treatment and later stabilization or storage period... Read More
Modelling of business processes in the adaptation of microwave wood bending technology in the furniture industry - Summary
The CRC Wood Innovations has developed technology for the manufacture of furniture components involving the use of microwave softening of wood to enable bending it to a wide range of shapes.Th... Read More
Development of design criteria for integrated treatment technologies for thermal processing of end-of-life CCA-treated timber products - Volume 1
This project detailed guidelines for integrated treatment facilities for the thermal processing of end-of-life CCA-treated timbers, paying due consideration to technology specification, off-ga... Read More
Resin defect impacts on the value of graded recovery and the evaluation of technologies for internal defect detection in slash pine logs
The economic consequences of resin defects are significant as they are a major cause of lost recovery and sawn product rejection for solid wood processors. This project assessed tools needed ... Read More
Reassessment of lyctine susceptible sapwood
This study examined the lyctine susceptibility of 16 timber species or hybrids. Several of the timbers have previously been placed in a ‘rarely susceptible’ category, but for standards and com... Read More
Combining fire retardant and preservative systems for timber products in exposed applications - state of the art review
This review aimed to identify fire retardants that may be combined with a preservative to protect timber from both fire and biodegradation when used in external applications. The major findin... Read More
Defining statistical methods for monitoring structural properties of machine graded pine - Report
This project outlines generic tools that can be used in quality assurance programs to indicate an appropriate level of confidence in the data that is produced by product testing. These tools c... Read More
Conveyor Belt Treatment of Wood - Summary Report
The use of toxic chemicals to protect timber from insect attack and decay is being scrutinised for its life cycle impact on the environment. This research report evaluated the Vinden process a... Read More
Hybrid beams for sustainable replacement of hardwood timber in bridge construction
This project has developed viable alternatives to hardwood girders, particularly for timber bridge construction. This research can be divided into the functional characteristics of the individ... Read More