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Wood Hardening TechnologiesCompleted

Project leaders: Lihra, Torsten
 

Objective:

Enhance attributes of softwood and hardwood products to increase value and margin by evaluating and developing cost-effective hardening processes. This research will:

  • Develop a hardening process that will allow softwoods and weaker hardwoods to participate in high-end markets that require more durable, wear-resistant products;
  • Allow wood to capture more of the North American carpet, resilient, ceramic flooring market by providing a lower cost alternative to high quality hardwood flooring;
  • Review of existing literature and hardening technologies. This includes compression methods, chemical impregnation methods and combinations of the two approaches;
  • Investigation of the effectiveness of up to 15 existing technologies to harden five Canadian wood species in Phase II (trembling aspen, hard [sugar] maple, western hemlock and amabilis fir for solid wood;Douglas-fir for sliced veneer);
  • Develop cost estimates with co-operating companies for treating larger quantities of wood.

Start date: 2002-04-09 End date: 2004-03-09
 

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For more information on this project, please contact:

Lihra, Torsten
FPInnovations
Email: torsten.lihra@fpinnovations.ca
Telephone: (418) 659-2647
Fax: (418) 659-2922
 
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