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.
Design Values of Australian Glulam
This project determined the bending strength, tension strength, shear strength and bending stiffness of Australian manufactured GL13 softwood glulam and assessed its characteristic values; use... Read More
Sawing Regrowth and Plantation Hardwoods with Particular Reference to Growth Stresses Part A Literature Review
Problems associated with severe growth stresses in regrowth and plantation wood have important implications for sawn timber production, particularly of the higher grades. This review of the li... Read More
Moisture Variations in Dried Hardwood Timber
This project investigated why moisture gradients occur in Australian hardwoods during drying and their affects on the performance of timber in service; and aimed to improve existing technology... Read More
Development of limit states design method for joints with dowel type fasteners. Part 1: Literature Review
This project aimed to develop a limit states design procedure for timber joints under Australian conditions. It reviewed the current Australian practice, and the design codes in the USA, Canad... Read More
A Manual for Decorative Wood Veneering Technology
The manual covers all aspects of the veneering process, including the requirements for decorative veneers, substrate materials, glues and finishes, manufacturing procedures, storage and handli... Read More
The role of glycerol in addressing surface checking - Summary Report
This project investigated the impact of glycerol application, during the early stages of drying, to reduce the incidence of surface checks in Australian hardwood timbers. The project showed t... Read More
Treatment Methods for the Protection of Hardwood Sapwood from Lyctine Borers
This review examines the various options available to the sawmiller for treating the sapwood of hardwoods against lyctine borers to protect appearance grade products. The treated products shou... Read More
Australian Hardwood Drying Best Practice Manual Part 1
This manual is a set of operations established and conducted to achieve high grade results in product quality and recovery, flexibility, innovation, cost, and competitiveness, through the coop... Read More
Literature Review of Machine Stress Grading Accuracy Check Methods
The aim of this project was to determine if there were any international advances in Machine Stress Grader (MSG) accuracy checking techniques and or procedures that could be adopted/adapted to... Read More
Microwave Modification of Hardwoods
The objectives of this research are as follows: To design and construct microwave applicators suitable for timber modification Establish optimum parameters for MW timber modification Deve... Read More