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What to do with structurally low-grade wood from Australia's plantation Eucalyptus; building application?


Derikvand, M and Nolan, G and Jiao, H and Kotlarewski, N, What to do with structurally low-grade wood from Australia's plantation Eucalyptus; building application?, BioResources, 12, (1) pp. 4-7. ISSN 1930-2126 (2017) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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About one million hectares of plantation hardwoods, mostly eucalyptus trees of different sub-species (E. nitens and E. globulus), are annually being managed in Australia, which provides a promising resource of raw materials for fibre industries. However, the timber boards required by the Australian hardwood sector are still being either imported from other countries or harvested from the native forests. There is a need to find a practical way to use the plantation eucalyptus in the Australian timber industry. However, the fibre-managed plantation eucalyptus produces structurally low-grade timber which could not be used as individual boards for structural applications—such as building construction. Unsuitable for appearance applications, the structurally low-grade boards may be suitable for producing innovative high-mass engineered timber products. This editorial will briefly discuss drivers, opportunities, and challenges associated with conducting such a research project.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:plantation hardwood, structurally low-grade wood, timber building, Eucalyptus
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Materials engineering
Research Field:Timber, pulp and paper
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction materials performance and processes
Objective Field:Timber materials
UTAS Author:Derikvand, M (Mr Mohammad Derikvand)
UTAS Author:Nolan, G (Professor Gregory Nolan)
UTAS Author:Jiao, H (Dr Hui Jiao)
UTAS Author:Kotlarewski, N (Dr Nathan Kotlarewski)
ID Code:112313
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2016-11-03
Last Modified:2017-01-11
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