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Project: Characteristics of aspen logs to improved production performance

The overall purpose of the project is to increase our understanding on specific wood qualitative aspects of aspen logs used in match production, and by this to create appropriate sorting systems of logs and final product quality prediction tools for the Swedish Match industry.

Project information

Doctoral student
Alma Strkonjic
Jimmy Johansson
Assistant supervisors
Johan Lindeberg, Harald Säll, Lnu; Emil Lagerqvist Swedish Match
The ProWOOD+ Research School at the KK Foundation
Forestry industry production systems (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology)
Research groups
Forestry and Wood, Forest Products
Linnaeus Knowledge Environment
Green Sustainable Development

More about the project

The production of matches faces many challenges associated with the variable and unpredictable projection of the log attributes to the quality of intermediate (veneers) and final products (matches) thereafter. The PhD study will conduct studies related to:
  • Investigation of mechanical and physical properties of aspen wood between and within the trees of different origin, their connection and significance for match industry.
  • Assessment and criteria of aspen log qualities with different methods and tools.
  • Development of methods for accurate sorting of aspen logs at the industry.
  • Identification of inter-relationships between quality aspect of aspen logs and intermediate (veneers) and final products (matches).
  • Modelling and development of appropriate quality prediction tool for match industry.

The project promotes a science-based industry approach by turning fundamental knowledge on raw material and products into innovation, which is the key to establish a high value forest-based industry.

The project is part of the research in the industrial research school ProWood+ and in the Forestry and Wood research group and the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment Green Sustainable Development.