Non-destructive evaluation of elastic material properties and acoustic characterisation of wood based massive panels

This project aims to develop and optimise a non-destructive evaluation (NDE) protocol to determine the global stiffness properties of full-scale mass timber panels directly in the production line. A numerical model for transverse vibration of an orthotropic plate along with experimental modal analysis of mass timber panels will be developed and utilised to determine the global stiffness properties.  The stiffness properties of mass timber panels obtained through NDE techniques will be compared with the standard static tests to verify the developed protocol. The project will also conduct a preliminary evaluation of the acoustic performances of mass timber panels to identify the sound absorption characteristics in relation to the damping response.

Research Showcase



Winner in Timber Research

The ARC Future Timber Hub are proud to advise that Adam Faircloth, a Timber Engineer with the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF) Forestry Research team at the Salisbury Research Facility, has been announced the winner and Australian representative for his research within the Future Timber Hub at the Institution of Structural Engineers’ 3rd Australian Young Researchers Conference.



  1. Young Queensland engineer wins with timber panels research
    Source: Timberbiz
  2. Recognised for CLT evaluation research
    Source: Timber & Forestry Enews - issue 592
  3. DAF researcher wins national award
    Source: Friday Off Cuts - Issue 31 Jan 2020
  4. New research a win for timber manufacturers
    Source: Manufacturers' Monthly - Issue 21 Jan 2020
Material Anisotropy, Heterogeneity and Variability

Project Researchers

  • Develop a procedure to determine global stiffness properties of mass panels directly in the production line environment,

  • Develop experimental modal testing for mass timber panels,

  • Develop a numerical model for vibration of orthotropic plates,

  • Evaluate preliminary acoustic performances (such as damping and absorption characteristics).

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