FCBA Physics Laboratory

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The TNA holder has indicated that this infrastructure would remain accessible also after the Trees4Future end-of-project, however the applicant would have to bear costs.

Potential users are invited to enquire directly with the site manager for agreement on accessibility and related costs.

Type of facility: Laboratory - wood acoustic and thermal properties; reaction to fire

Keywords: wood technology, wood properties, acoustic properties, thermal properties, acoustic, thermal conductivity, reaction to fire, wood physics, dimensional measurements

Who would find this useful? Forest-based research community; Forest-based  industries (woodworking, solid wood, wood-based panels and composites); Certification agencies

"The scientific discussions, prepared documents has broadened my knowledge in the area of acoustic and thermal performance tests. It was a really valuable, fantastic and very informative program."

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About the facility: The FCBA Physics team includes 10 people: researchers and technicians, and is part of the Timber Construction Group (120 people), which comprises also laboratories for mechanics, biology, and chemistry.

The Physics laboratory is active within the field of acoustic, thermal measurements, reaction to fire, wooden floors and joineries performances. The laboratory is involved in research projects and networks on wooden products. It is ISO17025 accredited for its knowledge in acoustic, fire and joinery.

It is quite rare that such equipments can be found together in the same place within a timber research centre. This gives a unique opportunity to qualify wood towards non-structural uses, which is an innovative approach, and corresponding to a strong demand (energy savings, internal comfort, etc.).

The equipment can be used to characterize small- or medium-scale components in real situations. In terms of a scientific challenge, it is very interesting to correlate silviculture with the physical properties of wood. For example, density can have an impact on thermal behaviour, as well as on reaction to fire. Furthermore, it is interesting to correlate technological performance with basic science (e.g. the physics of transfers). This has already been achieved in some cases, such as designing new wood-based materials with higher sound insulation properties, or establishing correlations between acoustic and thermal performance of wood components.

Fields of application: The equipments can be used to characterize small- or medium-scale components in real situations. In terms of a scientific challenge, it is very interesting to correlate silviculture with the physical properties of wood. For example, density can have an impact on thermal behaviour, as well as on reaction to fire. Furthermore, it is interesting to correlate technological performance with basic science, such as physics of transfers. This has already been achieved in some cases, such as designing new wood based materials with higher sound insulation properties, or establishing correlation between acoustic and thermal performance of wood components.

What does the TA programme offer? The programme offers access to the facility laboratory and the know-how of the facility team. The Physics team includes 10 experts (researchers and technicians) in the field of wood physics. The equipment at the facility is unique in Europe. The laboratory welcome people from the industry when performing tests on their products. Final products tests (e.g. window test or door test) are not offered under the terms of the programme. Only laboratory tests on material samples are possible.

The unit of access is defined as 5 days. On average each user or user group is expected to stay 5 days at the infrastructure and therefore use 1 unit of access. This includes preparation of the specimens, preparation of the test set-ups, which are quite complicated in the case of thermal, acoustic and reaction to fire performances, as well as conducting the experiments.

The facility offers users the opportunity to carry out thermal, acoustic and fire performance tests on wood-based materials and insulation according to standard tests (EN12 667 ).


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Location: Bordeaux, France

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