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NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Forest Health

2015/16-2019/20 • $996,954
The College of New Caledonia and the regional forest industry in central British Columbia are partnering toestablish a long-term NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Forest Health. The Chair will workclosely with forest companies and collaborating scientists from government and...

Building an Innovative Forestry Technology Cluster

2017/18-2019/20 • $800,000
Selkirk College proposes the creation of an Innovative Forestry Technology Cluster in BC's southeast Interior region to support the development and application of efficient, innovative technologies that are set to revolutionize forest land management in BC and beyond. Objectives of the research...

Surface engineering to enhance the performance of exterior wood decking

2015/16-2019/20 • $364,321
Decking is a flooring material used outdoors in both residential and non-residential sectors. The North American market for decking is valued at 6 billion dollars p.a. equating to the production of 3 billion lineal feet of decking annually. The decking market is important for Canadian companies...

Under-utilized Canadian wood species for strand based products

2015/16-2017/18 • $60,000
Canada has very large resources of trees such as Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera), Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa), Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana), that are only minimally used in the strand-based product industry for a variety of reasons. Many of these other wood resources may be...

Out-of-plane bending performance of 5-layer hybrid mass timber panels

2016/17 • $25,000
Tall wood construction is made possible primarily because of the availability of a new generation of engineeredwood product broadly known as mass timber panel (MTP). The size of these mass timber panels can be asthick as 300mm and plane dimensions of 3m by 20m. The best known mass timber panel...

Pollutants to Products (P2P)

2010/11-2015/16 • $2,300,000
Located in the heart of resource-based northwestern Alberta, Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is very much aware of the pollutants and wastes generated by industries and municipalities in the area. As a result, the College, with its partners and stakeholders, has dedicated the last decade...

Fundamental studies of drying, combustion and ash properties of biomass and impacts of pulp and paper mill operations

2012/13-2015/16 • $1,876,000
Pulp and paper mills in Canada require large amounts of high pressure steam and electric power to operate. About two-thirds of the energy required is supplied by burning the concentrated black liquor (spent pulping liquor) in recovery boilers. The remaining is from biomass boilers, known...

Long-term responses of tree growth and stand structure to innovative silvicultural treatments

2013/14 • $15,993
Within the Forestry Sector in Canada and other countries with temperate zone forests, there is much interest in how innovative silvicultural practices could be adapted to maintain, and even enhance, biodiversity in managed forest landscapes. This quest is critical to future productivity (timber...

Integrated approach to creating durable clear finishes for wood

2010/11-2012/13 • $209,000
There is long-standing desire amongst users of timber for clear coatings that will maintain wood's visual appeal and protect the wood from environmental degradation. Clear finishes transmit light by definition, and photodegradation of wood beneath the coating results in a loss of interfacial...

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