Contact Info

Biomaterials Lab

Biomaterials Lab
forprod@uidaho.edu
phone: 208-885-9663
fax: 208-885-6226

University of Idaho
College of Natural Resources
PO Box 441132
Moscow, ID 83844-1132
Lance Gallagher tests wood density with state-of-the-art equipment

Equipment

Composite/Biomaterials Manufacturing and Processing

  • Leistriz ZSE 18 mm Twin-Screw Extruder
  • Sheet Forming Line
  • Die Face Pelletizing
  • Ribbon Die
  • Food Processing Capabilities
  • Yudak Y-310-C Vertical Injection Molder
  • Wabash MPI 50 Ton Genesis-18"x18"
  • 1’x1’ P.H.I. Bench Press
  • Carver Laboratory Press (6”x6”)
  • Dynisco Laboratory Mixing Molder
  • Wiley Mills (Models #1 and #4)
  • Ball Mills (4 and 0.5 Liter)
  • Hand Sheet Maker
  • Irvington-Moore Steam Dry Kiln
  • 800 bf Single Charge
  • Conventional/High Temperature (~240°F)
  • Electroheated Autoclave – Sterilizers Model M-138
  • Pressurized Wood Treatment Vessel
  • Complete Wood Working Workshop

Wood and Biomass Characterization

Chemical

  • FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) – Thermo Nicolet Avatar 370 DTGS
  • HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography)
  • Waters Dual ? Absorbance Detector
  • Waters Refractive Index Detector
  • GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry)
  • Thermo Finnigan Trace GC
  • Thermo Finnigan Polaris Q MS
  • Pyrolisis unit with MS
  • UV-VIS Spectrometers
  • Solution
  • Diffuse Reflection (Color)
  • FT Raman Spectrometer- Thermo Nicolet 960
  • Carbohydrate Analysis System
  • Rheological and Thermal
  • MFR - CEAST Modular Melt Flow (Model 7024.000)
  • Parallel Plate Rheology – Bohlin Instruments CVO100 rheometer system with an extended temperature cell
  • DSC (differential scanning calorimetry) - TA Q200
  • DMA (dynamic mechanical analysis) - TA Q800

Physical

  • Olympus BX51 Optical Microscope
  • Plus Microtomes
  • QMS Densitometer – Model QTRS-01X
  • Tree Ring Analyzer
  • Panel Product Analyzer

Mechanical

  • Instron 1137 -5500R
  • Tensile
  • Flexural
  • Compression
  • Blue Hill Software
  • Instron 1122 -5500R
  • Environmental Chamber
  • Metriguard 340 E-Computer – Transverse vibration system capable of measuring Modulus of Elasticity nondestructively.
  • Director ST300 – Measures acoustic speed to determine standing tree quality and enable stumpage evaluation.
  • Director HM200 – Measures the acoustic speed in logs to assess wood stiffness and enhance product grade recoveries.

Other

  • Growth Cabinet – Biotronette Mark III
  • Wet Chemistry Lab
  • Balances
  • Ovens
  • Furnaces
  • Rotovaps
  • Vacuum Ovens
  • Soxholet Extractors
  • Freeze Drier
  • Autoclave/Sterilizer
  • Bomb Calorimeter
  • Ph Meter
  • Conductivity Meter

Software

  • SPSS
  • SAS
  • Design Expert