Alternative uses for under-valued sawmill products in innovative timber structures

Investigations into the design of innovative and alternative structural timber systems and technologies that adapt ‘low value’ timber products such as sawmill offcuts, centre of log, low structural grade, high structural grade but dimensionally undervalued, and end-of-log (butts less than 1.8m in length).

A key research focus will be the consideration of timber members used at non-standard scales in comparison to conventional stud framing and roof truss construction. This approach seeks to innovate by combining non-standard sizes together in a novel way in order to achieve required overall physical and mechanical properties.

The final research objective will be to investigate the assembly of small member sizes that employ novel configurations to achieve large spans and stiffness through inherently stable geometric configurations. 

Manufacturing and Digital Design

Project Researchers

  • Investigating the design of innovative and alternative structural timber systems and technologies that adapt ‘low value’ timber products
  • Under-valued timber investigated includes centre of log, low structural grade, high structural grade but dimensionally undervalued, and end-of-log (butts less than 1.8m in length).
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