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Salisbury Research Facility

Site Details

Research Facility Name Salisbury Research Facility
Research Facility Manager Rob McGavin
Address 50 Evans Road Salisbury 4107
Telephone 07 3708 7374
Coordinates /GPS at office 27o32’35” S
153o01’29” E

Overview of the Site

The Salisbury Research Facility houses more than 3,100 m2 of laboratories, processing equipment and office space. In close partnership with the Forest Products Innovation Team, we are equipped to undertake forest products research and development on semi-commercial, pilot and laboratory scales. At a single location, we combine Australia’s largest science and technical expertise, and facilities in:

  • engineered wood-based composites technology
  • kiln drying and sawmilling technology
  • timber grading and advanced mechanical wood properties testing
  • wood anatomy and wood identification
  • wood product design and manufacture
  • timber preservation and performance testing
  • adhesives/adhesion testing and development In addition, the Salisbury Research Facility has 1,300 m2 of record storage capacity, housing approximately 25,000 archive boxes.

Facilities

Wood composites
A spindleless veneer lathe, veneer guillotines and clippers, veneer composers and stitchers, glue spreaders and hot and cold presses are used to process and construct wood-based composites and engineered wood products.

Solid wood processing
The sawmill enables full log-breakdown and twin laser alignment allows duplication of most commercial sawing patterns; electronic sizing ensures reliability and accuracy.

Timber seasoning
Our kiln capacity covers the full spectrum of available technologies including a solar kiln, dehumidifier, conventional kilns and a super-heated steam vacuum kiln.

Testing wood properties
Our laboratories are accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for testing mechanical properties in small clears to full section samples, in-grade structural testing, and testing full-sized utility poles. We also determine wood properties such as shrinkage, stability, density, diffusion, permeability and durability.

Adhesives technology and testing
An Automated Bonding Evaluation System (ABES) combined with laboratory and semi-commercial composite production facilities enables the development of a wide range of adhesives, substrates and applications

Accelerated decay testing
Quantitative and qualitative durability assessments of plantation timber and new products are supported by long-term field tests that simulate realistic conditions of use.

Timber preservation
A computerised, 625 litre vacuum-pressure impregnation plant and a dedicated laboratory unit enable us to develop and test treatment/modification systems for a range of products and preservatives at several scales of production.

Environmental conditioning
Temperature- and humidity-controlled rooms allow us to evaluate joint design, fixings, construction methods, coating systems and adhesive performance.

Workshop
The fully-equipped wood processing and machining workshop includes table and panel saws, band saws and band re-saws, spindle-moulder, panel sander and surface and panel planes. These enable us to develop product prototypes and prepare samples for evaluation.

Near infra-red spectrometer
The Bruker® Fourier Transform Near Infrared Spectrometer is a non-destructive technology with many industrial applications, including rapid screening for tree improvement research and reliable, quality control for durability and other wood properties.

Chemistry analysis
We manage a facility for analysing wood chemistry, wood additives and adhesives.

Non-destructive evaluation
Several techniques are used to evaluate wood and product properties and performances non-destructively.

Research Focus

The challenge for forest growers, wood processors, manufacturers and the construction industry is to maximise profits through the best use of products manufactured from renewable, managed forest resources. Our R&D partnerships target research to improve wood products, processing and protection systems with:

  • new engineered wood products and building systems for the construction industry
  • more efficient wood processing systems
  • innovative wood products suited to the new forest resources
  • technical solutions for the forest and timber industry sectors

Last updated 13 September 2017