The Wood Technology Research Centre

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About the Wood Technology Research Centre

The Wood Technology Research Centre at the University of Canterbury was fully established at the end of 1996 as a means of information exchange among staff engaged in wood-related research, to facilitate the shared use of research facilities, enhance research programmes and to promote technology transfer to end users. Staff participate in the Centre's activities are from the Departments of Chemical and Process Engineering, Forestry, Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, and Biological Sciences.

The Centre organises workshops and seminars. It co-ordinates visits of wood scientists and technologists to the University. The Centre has links and collaborative projects with both international and national research institutes. The centre members undertake research projects funded by New Zealand Government and industries. The Centre welcomes further opportunities for joint work with interested parties.

TopicContactDepartmentTechniques and facilities
Biomass gasification and co-gasification of biomass and coal for bioenergy and liquid fuels S.Pang Chemical and Process Engineering 100 kW pilot scale dual fluidised bed gasifier, Lab scale gasifier, mathematical modelling
Biomass pyrolysis to densify biomass S.Pang Chemical and Process Engineering Lab scale pyrolysis reactor, Simultaneous DSC-TGA
Carbon footprints of timber structures   Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Life cycle assessment
Conceptual design of timber structures A.Buchanan Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Preliminary advice to architects and design engineers
Demonstration timber structures A.Buchanan Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Structural testing facilities
Development of gas cleaning system for Fischer-Tropsch (FT) syngas S.Pang
W.Saw
Chemical and Process Engineering A lab scale gas cleaning system
Development of FT synthesis technology for transport fuels C.Williamson Chemical and Process Engineering A Micro-channel FT reactor
Earthquake resistance of timber structures S.Pampanin Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Earthquake shaking tools
Feasibility study of biomass to FT synthesis fuels S.Pang
J.Li
Chemical and Process Engineering Process design, equipment selection, exergy analysis, life cycle assessment, quantification of sustainability 
Fire resistance of timber structures A.Buchanan Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Fire modelling; structural analysis 
Ionic liquid extraction of wood cellulose and natural composites S.Pang
M.Staiger
Chemical and Process Engineering Ionic liquids synthesis apparatus
Log quality and product performance J.Walker Forestry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering Seedling selection; Acoustic technique and analysis; Nuclear magnetic resonance (IRL); X-ray diffraction
MDF processing S.Pang
P.Jordan
Chemical and Process Engineering Lab-scale press; CFD modelling; Computer modelling of fibre drying and blending; Small-scale press tests
Pyrolysis of recycled plastics for liquid fuels S.Pang Chemical and Process Engineering Pilot scale of pyrolysis reactor
Wood-plastics composites S.Pang
M.Staiger
Chemical and Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Twin extruder; Hot platen press; Instrument for stability and durability measurements
Wood properties on molecular scale C.Altaner Forestry, Chemistry, Biological Sciences Electron microscopy; Spectroscopy; Diffraction; Chromatography

Wood technology combines staff thats are from the Departments of Chemical and Process Engineering, Forestry, Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, and Biological Sciences. The entire list of staff can be seen on the contact us page.

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Proceedings of workshops

Proceedings or presentations of previous workshops can be obtained by contacting Mrs Jingge Li using jingge. li@canterbury.ac.nz, or downloaded in free.

Workshop of IEA Bioenergy Task 33: Gasification and Alternative Fuels Development, Thursday, 14th April 2011, Copthorne Hotel Commodore, Christchurch

Workshop of Thermo-chemical Conversion of Biomass to Energy and liquid Fuel, Friday, 5th February 2010, Forestry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Workshop of Maximising Benefits of Forestry and Wood Thursday, 4th February 2010, Forestry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

For advice on Wood Technology

Shusheng Pang

Director
LINK 313
Internal Phone: 94094

Clemens Altaner

Co-director
School of Forestry Rm140
Internal Phone: 95949

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