Forest product innovation
A changing economic climate demands that industries develop reliable wood products and efficient wood processing technologies. More efficient use of early rotation, small diameter stems would increase productive gains from harvests in plantation and native forests. As forest resources change globally, communities and industries need advances in sustainable, new wood fibre products.
Better wood recovery, processing and performance
Our research in non-destructive wood properties analysis has provided the Australian structural softwood processing industry with an early screening system for grading timber before drying. We’ve found that controlled vacuum kiln drying, coupled with predictive modelling, reduces conventional hardwood drying times significantly. We are modelling the natural durability of plantation hardwood to determine realistic life cycle spans for wood products ‘in-service’.
Engineered and high-value wood products
Processing technology research has produced much higher veneer recoveries from small-diameter hardwood stems and developed high-performance, engineered wood products. Assessments of grade quality and mechanical properties are promising for a range of early-rotation hardwood products.
Innovative product designs
We developed a new, engineered flooring product from coconut stems and appropriate standards for processing and grading ‘cocowood’. Designed to address Australia’s critical shortage of timber power poles, we developed and patented an innovative design for a hybrid steel and wood pole.
Our timber research team contributes expertise in the chemistry of natural durability and improved preservative technologies to the National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life.
Our timber research team’s expertise in wood science and performance testing will develop new processing systems and more durable wood-based product performance
This research shows how innovative technologies and computer-generated ‘virtual logs’ can ‘predict’ wood quality in standing trees, increasing efficiency in harvest strategy and down-stream processing.
This web application provides critical information about using the right timber for construction, wherever you are building in Queensland.