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The Wood Research Laboratory​ is located in the Forest Products Building located on the Purdue University main campus. This laboratory addresses timely research and technology transfer topics in the areas of product and process engineering of wood based products; wood composites; and the use, reuse and care of wood in historic preservation and restoration.

Take the tour of the Hardwoods of the Central Midwest and find descriptions and images of each species of wood along with grad, history, color and strength.


Facilities include:
  • Model 40 Thermwood CNC router
  • Controlled environment room housing
  • An electro-hydraulic, computer controlled 55-kip MTS testing system
  • A 30-kip universal testing machine with computer-based data acquisition capability
  • A 60-kip universal testing machine
  • Computer simulation facility for process engineering of furniture
  • Structural performance tester of furniture and cabinets
  • Computer-based NDE facility
  • Many one-of-a-kind testing and test support apparatuses, e.g., computer-aided dimension measurement Station and linear variation measurement instrument
  • Walk-in, controlled environment chambers
  • Zeiss light microscope and access to electron microscopes
  • Complete specimen preparation shop.

Research Faculty/Projects

Lab Manager

Eva Haviarova, Ph.D.
Purdue University
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
175 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033
Office: FPRD 111A
Phone: (765) 494-3619
Email: ehaviar@purdue.edu​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Hardwoods of the Central Midwest

The central Midwest is one of the most productive biological regions in the world. It’s a place where the eastern forest intermixes with the western prairies. The terrain is gentle, the soils are rich and highly productive, and moisture is normally abundant. This combination of factors makes the region noteworthy for its agricultural productivity. The same combination of factors also produces timberlands with the finest and highest quality temperate hardwoods in the world.

These timberlands are often smaller parcels associated with streams or other irregular terrain that host a beautiful matrix of agriculture cropland and woodlands. Most of the woodlands are privately owned and managed for the production of hardwood sawlogs and veneer logs. The pulp and paper industry that tends to harvest younger trees is not an important factor in the region, or when present, often compliments the lumber mills by utilizing chips produced from residues.

Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061 USA, (765) 494-3590

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