A Comparative Study on the Mechanical Properties of Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) Produced from Blending Various Wood Veneers

Robert L. McGavin, Hoan H. Nguyen, Beniot P. Gilbert, Tony Dakin, Adam Faircloth


Rotary veneers from spotted gum (Corymbia citriodora) and white cypress pine logs (Callitris glaucophylla) recovered from the native forest in Queensland, as well as Queensland plantation hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) logs were used to manufacture LVL products following six different lay-up strategies including blended species LVL. The different lay-up strategies were to determine the opportunities for improving the mechanical performance of plantation softwood LVL by including native forest veneers. The manufactured products were evaluated for their bending performance, tension, bearing strength perpendicular to the grain, and longitudinal-tangential shear strength. The all-spotted gum LVL showed superior performance in all testing compared to other construction strategies. Blending even a small amount of spotted gum veneer with plantation hoop pine veneer resulted in improved mechanical performance, especially in flatwise bending. Opportunities exist to develop more optimised construction strategies that target specific product performances while optimising the use of the variable veneer qualities generated from log processing.


Laminated veneer lumber; Hardwood; Cypress; Veneer; Rotary peeling

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