New research a win for timber manufacturers

A young engineer has found a way for manufacturers of timber products for use in construction to save time, money and resources, Queensland’s Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner, announced on Monday.

“The manufacture of cross-laminated timber (CLT) products for full-scale applications has increased over the past decade and has placed pressure on manufacturers assessing the quality of these products,” Furner said.

“At the moment these panels are assessed using static or destructive methods and while they provide accurate results, they are costly, time-consuming and destructive.”

A timber researcher for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Adam Faircloth, has developed a non-destructive evaluation system for mass timber panels.

“Mr Faircloth’s work means timber panels don’t have to be destroyed to be assessed and will allow manufacturers to rapidly assess the stiffness and shear properties to determine uses for the product.”

His work is part of DAF’s Forest Products Innovation team intended to help manufacturers of mass timber panels save time, money and resources.

“Non-destructive grading techniques were commonly used in the manufacturing process for solid and engineered timber products,” Faricloth said.

“There is a need for a similar process for CLT products. The damping characteristics of CLT are important to quantify for use in construction applications for floors and walls to improve acoustic and vibration characteristics.”

Faircloth’s project – ‘Development of a Non-Destructive Evaluation Method for Mass Timber Panels’- was awarded a prize at the Australian Young Researchers’ Conference. He will now go on to represent Australia at the international Young Researchers Conference—held in London in March 2020.

He is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy at Griffith University.