CSAW’s priority HDR topic areas align with our research areas, and focus on:
- Regenerative, healthy, and durable buildings.
- Plantation hardwoods as a resource for the built environment.
- Structural performance of engineered wood products (EWPs).
CSAW postgraduate study is often aligned with industry; with experimental work conducted in industry facilities or with industry participation.
Currently advertised projects include:
- Developing EWPs from Tasmanian Hardwoods
This project aims at improving the utilisation of Tasmania's forest resource by developing new structurally reliable engineered wood products (EWPs) from sawn boards recovered from the available plantation hardwood estate.
- Numerical modelling of structural timber
The aim of this project is to extend a constitutive model for the mechanical behavoiur of Eucalyptus Nitens timber developed in a previous PhD project to more functionalities and wider applications.
- Strength prediction of softwoods
The industry-funded project will investigate methods of strength (weakness) prediction in grading of structural softwood appropriate for grading in industrial scale facilities in Australia with a view to improve value recovery whilst leading to safer outcomes in construction.
- Mass timber from plantation Blue Gum
This project is part of a program that seek to characterise solid and engineered wood products (EWPs) recovered from Australia's plantation E. globulus resource for the Australian building construction sector.
- Plywood from plantation Blue Gum
This project is part of a program that seeks to characterise solid and engineered wood products (EWPs) recovered from Australia’s plantation E. globulus resource for the Australian building construction sector.
- Towards Net Zero: Thermal, hygrothermal
This project involves innovative thermal and hygrothermal research on the performance of timber and wood products in building envelope systems. It aims to provided technical guidance for Australian regulatory and policy development.