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.
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
Improvement of Hardwood Drying Schedules
This project updates the KilnSched drying model to allow more accurate modelling of the drying behaviour of regrowth blackbutt, jarrah, messmate, spotted gum, alpine ash and Victorian ash. The... Read More
Thermomechanical Densification of Timber: Initial Investigations of the Potential of Softwood Timber
This research evaluated thermomechanical densification procedures used as a method to season structural or semi-structural timber in a time and energy efficient manner and to produce minimum c... Read More
Species and Treatment Corrections for hand-held moisture meters with radiata and slash pine
This research aimed to generate new species and CCA preservative treatment (to H3 level) corrections for P. radiata (radiata pine) and P. elliottii (slash pine); determine the overall reliabil... Read More
Adequacy of H3 LOSP tin-based preservative treatment for exposed external structural uses
This project reviewed the published scientific data available on the performance of LOSP formulations based on tin. It aimed to identify and describe further experimental work required to supp... Read More