The International Panel Products Symposium is the leading technical conference on wood based panels. It is an ideal networking opportunity for science and industry reporting developments in particleboard, OSB, MDF, plywood and fibreboard.

Programme -IPPS Masterclass 2016

Wood structure and its influence on board properties, durability and fibre quality.
Tuesday 13th September 2016
Bangor University
13:00 - 13:30 Registration and introductions Location: Brambell Building A1
13:30 - 14:00 Introductions and Health & Saftey Rob Elias, BioComposites Centre, Bangor University
14:00 - 14:45 Lecture: Effects of refining parameters on fibre quality measured by Fibre Cube Martin Ohlmeyer, Thünen Institute of Wood Research, Germany
15:00 - 17:30 Practical: Wood anatomy.
Training in the use of different types of hand and light microscopes and staining techniques.
Once you have mastered looking at solid timber in different orientations and identifying key features then we will look at different types of fibre, particles and wood strands relevant to panel product manufacture
Morwenna Spear, BioComposites Centre, Bangor University
19:00 - Evening meal Location: Management Centre, Bangor University
Wednesday 14th September 2016
09:30 - 11:30 Practical: Degradation in timber.
Types of degradation (stains & moulds), how to recognise them. Demonstration of decay tests.
Highlights of possible effects of decay on wood panel performance and how to avoid problems.
Lone Ross Gobakken,
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
Simon Curling, BioComposites Centre, Bangor University
11:45 – 12:45 Lecture & practical: Back to basics – Resin curing reactions With a small practical element including gel times and factors that influence gel time Rob Elias, BioComposites Centre, UK
12:45–13:00 Closing remarks Rob Elias, BioComposites Centre, UK