Doctoral project: Raw material properties and process optimization for increased value-added wood flooring products
The development of the wood industry relates to its capability for improvement of the raw material conversion yield and value-adding products. The purpose of this project is to assess and develop cutting techniques with reduced waste and increased customer value.
Doctoral student Victor Grubîi Supervisor Jimmy Johansson Assistant supervisor Ola Dagbro Participating organizations Linnaeus University, AB Gustaf Kährs Financier Prowood within the Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen) Timetable 2018–2023 Subject Forestry and wood technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology)
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The development of the wood industry relates to its capability for improvement of the raw material conversion yield and value-adding products. Qualitative species of wood for joinery represents a highly competitive market for raw material sourcing. Achieving a better utilization of the raw material would make possible the insurance of the market needs related to wood flooring products and increased sustainability.
The purpose of this research project is to assess and develop cutting techniques with reduced waste and increased customer value. In the current state, a great amount of the stem is transformed into energy waste, mainly in the form of sawdust and with low value-added. Therefore, the aim of the project is to assess the feasibility of kerfless cutting techniques to produce flooring top-layer lamellae.
For this, there is a need for an increased understanding of material properties and processing parameters influencing the final product quality. Developing the knowledge within raw material properties and processing parameters during kerfless cutting are expected to be the main results of this research project.
The project is part of the research in the Prowood+ project.