Jan 22, 2020

Timber panel testing work a winner for Queensland engineer

Timber panel testing work a winner for Queensland engineer

Research into a non-destructive evaluation system for mass timber panels has drawn kudos for Queensland timber engineer Adam Faircloth.

Mr Faircloth, who works for the Department of Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries’ forestry research team, won a prize for best presentation at the the Institution of Structural Engineers’ 3rd Australian Young Researchers Conference recently.

Mr Faircloth said his research with cross-laminated timber (CLT) products was part of a program from the department’s Forest Products Innovation team that would 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,” he 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.”

His project – non-destructive evaluation of elastic material properties and acoustic characterisation of wood based massive panels – is funded through the ARC Future Timber Hub.

Mr. Faircloth will now travel to the United Kingdom in March 2020 to present his research and represent Australia at the 22nd Young Researchers Conference held at the Institution of Structural Engineers’ headquarters in London.

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