Transnational Accesses

CNR-IVALSA Wood quality 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: Wood quality laboratory

Keywords: wood research, wood technology, wood properties, IR, NIR, ATR, XRF spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, wood provenance, adhesives, paints, spectral databases, infrared spectroscopy, near-infrared spectroscopy, attenuated total reflectance

Who would find this useful? Researchers, non-forest based research community (climate change, environment, green chemistry, bioenergy, etc.), forest-based industries (solid wood, wood-based panels &composites, bioenergy), other industries (recycling facilities).

"I am very grateful all the people at CNR-IVALSA San Michele all'Adige. They have devoted me their time and shared their knowledge and advised how to perform my experimental work."

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Wood quality laboratory leafletAbout the facility: The IVALSA – Trees and Timber Institute wood quality lab is composed of several unique measurement devices. The core equipment includes infrared spectrometers: FT-NIR Bruker Vector 22n with fiber optic probe and FT-MIR-ATR Bruker Alpha with ZnSe and diamond probes. Both spectrometers are robotized by custom modules, allowing automatic measurement of large numbers of samples. Time, thermal or moisture dependent serial analyses are possible. The utilization of the instruments can be optimized, depending on the sample shape, dimensions, structure and quantity. 

The lab also contains other instruments which can support research. These include:

  • XRF calibrated for wood, dusts measurements
  • VOC and Formaldehyde device
  • 2D x-ray density scanner (thickness samples up to 50 mm)
  • vision system for tree rings, core scanners, resistographs
  • contact angle meters, Wilhelmy balance
  • colour meters, gloss meters
  • customized mechanical testing machines
  • acoustic properties devices     
  • weathering machines

What does the TA programme offer? Access typically consists of 15 days. This will involve

  • preparing specimens
  • training and measuring samples
  • data process and mining
  • available database exploitation
  • results and report

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Location: San Michele all’Adige (Trento), Italy

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