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An overview over the broad range of R&D projects which have been concluded at HFA recently is given below.

R&D-Projects completed

19. April 2009 Competence centre for facades and windows

The development of modern façade and window designs increasingly head in the direction of large,  integrated element-based solutions. For manufacturers of wooden windows (the majority of which are small to medium sized...


19. April 2009 Strength grading of round timber and green sawn timber

The development of a simple, non-destructive, and mostly contact-free method for strength grading of round timber and green sawn timber is central to this research project. Optical vibration measurement via interferometry is the...


08. July 2010 Fire resistance of timber engineering components

Fire resistance is determined using new test methods. However at present, the effect on the classification of timber components remains largely unknown. In the course of the research project the basis for the assessment and...


03. July 2010 Photovoltaics for prefabricated houses

The project "photovoltaics (PV) integrated into buildings for the prefabricated housing industry" of the Austria Association of Prefabricated Houses aims at advancing a technically feasible, cost-efficient and easily marketable...


26. April 2009 Wood surfaces with oil and wax finishes

Oil and wax finishes play a significant role among treatments of wood surfaces in the furniture and flooring sector. Comparative testing of surface coating products was conducted in cooperation with the ACR-institute “ofi”. On...


07. July 2010 Gradewood – grading timber

This project is part of the European project “Grading of timber for engineered wood products” for which funding was sought through WoodWisdom-Net. The overall aim is to improve the reliability of grading and thus ultimately the...


26. April 2009 Microwave heating of wood

The potential to apply the principle of microwave heating which is commonly known from microwave ovens used as a kitchen appliances is very significant. Wood and wood composites can be heated quickly and uniformly in primary and...


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