COST Action E53 Quality Control for Wood and Wood Productswww.coste53.net
Start date: 2006-03-06
End date: 2010-03-06
COST is an intergovernmental European framework for international co-operation between nationally funded research activities. COST creates scientific networks and enables scientists to collaborate in a wide spectrum of activities in research and technology. COST Activities are administered by the COST office www.cost.esf.org .
The principal aim of the COST Action E53 is to improve methods of quality control in processing round wood and timber to ensure that timber products and components meet the requirements of the users. The Action will also promote the improvement of specifications for timber products and contribute to the economic optimisation of production so that the full environmental and sustainability benefits of the forestry wood chain can be realised. Improved quality control systems will help to increase the competitiveness of the wood sector, ensure that round wood is optimally processed and that the European wood industry provides wood products which are well adapted to end user requirements.
The work programme of Action E53 are shared between three Working Groups (WG):
WG1: Scanning for wood properties
WG2: Moisture content and distortion
WG3: Strength, stiffness and appearance grading
The three WGs are assisted by a Task Group for requirements and the specification of end-use related properties which deals with gathering and generating qualitative and quantitative knowledge about demands and expectations that end users in European countries impose on various timber products.
Robert Kliger, Chairman of the Management Committee
Financed by: EU Cost and Vinnova
Straže A, Kliger R, Johansson M, Gorišek Z.: Development of twist on boards of Norway spruce during kiln drying. Quality Control for Improving Competitiveness of Wood Industries COST E53 Conference, Warsaw, 15-17 October 2007.
Last modified: September 19, 2008
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