Structural Performance and Connection Systems for Plantation Hardwood-Based Cross-Laminated Timber Panels (CLTP)

Closing Date

30 September 2018

Research Theme

Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

Timber-rich construction systems are increasingly being considered for the design of commercial buildings up to 12 stories. Cross laminated timber panels (CLTP) are often used as primary structural and fabric elements in these solutions. Production of CLTP is being planned for northern Tasmania, using timber sawn from the available plantation hardwood estate. However, milling fibre-managed Tasmanian plantation eucalypt logs into dry and graded boards, converting these boards into CLTP and similar products, and using these products in buildings are all novel activities.

This project seeks to determine the structural performance of hardwood CLTP and explore the potential connection system that will allows its reliable and effective use a building’s structure.

This project would be conducted in collaboration with the Discipline of Engineering.


The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Material testing systems
  • Structural engineering design practices
  • Timber design to AS 1720 or similar design standards
  • Computerised modelling of 3D objects and associated CNC based production systems

More Information

Please contact Dr Jacqueline Power for more information.