Report

Enhancing the knowledge of wood properties and processing characteristics of PNG timbers - Machining characteristics of PNG timber species

Ravu Iru, B Belleville, Charles Tsiritsi, B Ozarska

Published : 2019

Abstract

An intensive testing program has been conducted to assess the mechanical properties and other processing characteristics (e.g. gluing, treatability) of 26 PNG timber species. The present activity report presents the machinability behaviour of 25 species sourced from the Morobe and West New Britain provinces, Papua New Guinea. Eight species have been harvested from plantations and 17 from secondary forests. The group included 3 softwoods and 22 hardwoods. One species, Eucaliptus pellita, could not be assessed because of lack of enough timber. A total of 1,337 specimens and more than 3,600 linear meters of timber have been planed with a standard moulder machine and visually assessed by means o..

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