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Research & development


R&D is a key function of WSTC. WSTC has, under the constructive guidance of its Industry Advisory Board, the Faculty and the University, established the following research programs: timber structural engineering, bio-resources and products, bio-energy, wood adhesives and composites, wood deterioration, and wood modification.

In May 2002, the Canadian Government initiated a research and technology transfer program, 'Value-to-Wood', that was designed to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the secondary wood products manufacturers in Canada. The University of New Brunswick is one of the major players among four key Canadian Universities of wood research centres and FPInnovations (previously Forintek Canada Corp.). The WSTC actively participates in this program in terms of research and administration. The following are some of the recently completed projects:

  1. High Performance Modular Wood Construction Systems
  2. Design Method for Connections in Engineered Wood Products
  3. Enhancing Shear and Bearing Strength of Wood I-joists
  4. Glued Engineered Products Made of Red Maple
  5. Development of Heat Treated Value-Added Wood Composite Panels
  6. Evaluation of Shear Strength and Percent Wood Failure Criteria for Qualifying New Structural Adhesives
  7. Optimized Design of Wood I-joists
  8. Improvement of Surface Properties of Low Density Wood: Mechanical Modification with Heat Treatment
  9. Influence of OSB web stock properties on performance of wood I-joists
  10. Performance of Mechanical Fasteners Used with Engineered Wood Products
  11. Development of Advanced System Design Procedures for the Canadian Wood Design Standard
  12. Development of a material-efficient finger-joint profile for structural finger-joined lumber
  13. Development of high strength, low density panels through natural fibre reinforcement
  14. Reducing production cost in manufacturing of finger joined lumber
  15. Development of value-added massive plate building systems