Forest Products Laboratory, 1910-2010: Celebrating a Century of Accomplishments

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Founded in 1910, the Forest Products Laboratory was created as an interdisciplinary research facility to solve difficult problems important to sustainable forest management and to a diverse wood products industry. The laboratory—a federal facility located on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus—conducts cutting-edge research that has transformed old industries and created new ones, including lumber production, corrugated containers, recycled paper, production of alcohol from wood, commercial cultivation of ...

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Overview

Founded in 1910, the Forest Products Laboratory was created as an interdisciplinary research facility to solve difficult problems important to sustainable forest management and to a diverse wood products industry. The laboratory—a federal facility located on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus—conducts cutting-edge research that has transformed old industries and created new ones, including lumber production, corrugated containers, recycled paper, production of alcohol from wood, commercial cultivation of shiitake mushrooms, and hundreds of other businesses. This book illustrates what can be accomplished when the American public supports a federal laboratory that works in cooperation with universities, industries, and associations.
    It includes:
• concise summaries of 65 significant achievements of the Forest Products Laboratory, with citations to the original research reports
• a comparison of wood utilization in 1910 and in 2010
• examples of the financial impact of the wood products industry on job creation and on the American economy
• color photographs throughout illustrating research initiatives and products, forest ecosystems, and the FPL facilities over the course of a century
• three reprinted reports that provide in detail the history and impact of selected examples of FPL research
• a list of many of the people who have worked at the FPL during its one-hundred-year history.
    The curious browser will find this inviting, colorful book full of surprising and remarkable information about the many ways that wood products affect daily life. Scientists, manufacturers, policymakers, and other experts will find it an extraordinary reference and history of significant accomplishments in forest products research.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A testament to the long-standing and innovative contributions of the Forest Products Laboratory to U.S. Forest Service research over these past 100 years. I am continually impressed with the depth and breadth of this research, and former assistant director Koning has done an excellent job compiling such a comprehensive work.”—Tom Tidwell, Chief, USDA Forest Service

“No one knows the rich history of the Forest Products Laboratory as John Koning does. His efforts in compiling this all-inclusive book, from conception to final design, have been most impressive. FPL’s tradition of problem solving and dedication is inherent in this work. To see our progress in print like this, with so many wonderful photos and knowledgeable descriptions, is yet another historic event marking our centennial year.”—Chris Risbrudt, Director, Forest Products Laboratory

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299283209
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Koning Jr. joined the staff at the Forest Products Laboratory in 1961 and conducted research in paperboard packaging. Following retirement in 1986, he joined the Engineering Professional Development Department in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and worked with industry in developing educational courses. He has published articles on a range of subjects including research management and corrugated containers.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Sustaining Our Natural Resources

    Sustainability—Using Problematic Natural Resources

Forest Products Laboratory

Challenges

    Decay

    Environment—Wind, Sun, Water

    Fire Safety

    Insects and Marine Borers

    National Defense

    Waste

Foundation Sciences

    Anatomy

    Biochemistry

    Economics

    Engineering

        Nondestructive Evaluation of Wood

    Statistics

Processes and Products

    Wood

    Poles, Piling, Posts, & Railroad Ties

    Preservation

    Lumber Manufacturing

        Best Opening Face (BOF) and Sawmill Improvement Program (SIP)

    Machining

    Drying

    Lumber Grading

    Pallets

    Bending Wood

    Finishes

    Fasteners and Connectors

    Trusses

    Adhesives

    Laminated Products

    Bridges

    Veneer

    Plywood

    Flooring & Paneling

        Overview of Wood Composites and their Technologies

    Particle Composites

    Fiberboards

    Molded Products

    Housing

    Structures

    Pulping/Bleaching

    Paper

    Packaging

    Chemicals

    Energy

    Recycle/Reuse

        Brief History of Forest Products Utilization and Marketing Assistance

    Technology Marketing Unit

Summary and A New Century

    Summary

    A New Century

Conclusion

Related Articles

    ASTM Committee D–7: Wood, Promoting Safety and Standardization for 100 Years

    Development and Mill Transfer of the FPL Semichemical Pulping Process

    Biological Utilization of Wood for Production of Chemicals and Foodstuffs

FPL People

Index

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