General R&D Structure
The current research programme is composed of two "Demonstrator Line Projects" (DLPs). A demonstrator is a device or object to perform a demonstration of a material or functionality. Every DLP contains different activities, named "Work Packages" (WPs). During the evolution of a DLP, the WPs may be deleted or added if it is of benefit for the creation of the demonstrator.
DLP 5 (Innovative Paper Structures):
DLP 5 deals with innovative paper structures in order to enable complex paper shaping for packaging applications. DLP 5 has four Work Packages (WPs) where we work with both the microstructure and sheet structure to generate knowledge about forming and manufacturing strategies that can be used to create double-curved paper/board structures.
DLP 6 (Tailored lignocellulosic materials in barriers and composites):
DLP 6 deals with research on engineered wood surfaces, adhesive joints, and biocomposites. There is a total of five different Work Packages (WPs) within DLP 6 concerning fibre modification, barriers, bioplastics and adhesives derived from renewable resources. Two of the WPs have a more superordinate function dealing with “the whole material” and up-scaling.
Old, and terminated, DLPs:
DLP 1 (Complex paper and board structures) deals with complex paper and board structures for packaging applications (basically double-curved paper/board structures) has four Work Packages (WPs) dealing with various aspects of the problem that need to be considered in order to produce the demonstrator.
Residual stress and shear strength profiles are the central theme in DLP 2 (Out-of-plane analysis for innovative materials design) which aims at improving converting properties of current paperboard materials. DLP 2 has four Work Packages.
DLP 3 (Engineered wood surfaces and adhesive joints) deals with wood and fibre engineering to improve dimensional stability of wood and fibres using covalent grafting of polymers. In addition the DLP involves adhesive joints and the development of biobased adhesives. DLP 3 has three Work Packages.
DLP 4 (Biocomposites) deals with various novel composite-materials based on microfibrillar cellulose, such as foams to replace styrofoams in packaging applications and has five Work Packages. Management note regarding DLP 4: This DLP may not have a stringent focus, but should rather be conceived as a DLP with seedling projects. The DLP has strong industrial support for such a strategy.