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.
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
Revaluation of Structural Properties of Machine Stress Graded Plywoods
For designers working with structural plywood a number of different plywood stress grade standards may apply. The plywood standard AS/NZS2269.0:2008 and the timber design standard AS1720.1:201... Read More
The Impact of Growth Stress on Sawn Distortion and Log End Splitting on 32-Year-Old Plantation Blue Gum
This project quantified the relationship between sawn timber distortion and log end splitting with growth strain measured at the surface of standing trees; investigated the impact of log end s... Read More
Processing Pruned and Unpruned Eucalyptus globulus Managed for Sawlog Production to Produce High Value Products
Processing trials were conducted in conventional mills using logs from plantation-grown Eucalyptus globulus to produce appearance-quality solid timber. The trees harvested were selected to rep... Read More
Araucaria Sector Research – 3-Year Program
During the late 1990s, the Araucaria industry sector established a joint industry/government working group to promote and reposition plantation-grown Araucaria cunninghamii in both domestic an... Read More
Australian & Canadian Sustainable Forest Management Standards: A Comparative Analysis of AS 4708 (Int) - 2003 and CAN/CSA Z809-02
This report compared the Australian Forestry Standard and the Canadian National Sustainable Forest Management Standard. The report also highlights the standards development process used ... Read More