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COMMINUTION PROCESS TO PRODUCE ENGINEERED WOOD PARTICLES OF UNIFORM SIZE AND SHAPE WITH DISRUPTED GRAIN STRUCTURE FROM VENEER

United States Patent Application

*** PATENT GRANTED ***
20130026264
9,604,387
A1
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Comminution process of wood veneer to produce wood particles, by feeding wood veneer in a direction of travel substantially normal to grain through a counter rotating pair of intermeshing arrays of cutting discs arrayed axially perpendicular to the direction of veneer travel, wherein the cutting discs have a uniform thickness (Td), to produce wood particles characterized by a length dimension (L) substantially equal to the Td and aligned substantially parallel to grain, a width dimension (W) normal to L and aligned cross grain, and a height dimension (H) substantially equal to the veneer thickness (Tv) and aligned normal to W and L, wherein the W.times.H dimensions define a pair of substantially parallel end surfaces with end checking between crosscut fibers.
Dooley, James H. (Federal Way, WA), Lanning, David N. (Federal Way, WA)
Forest Concepts, LLC (Auburn WA)
13/ 650,400
October 12, 2012
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0001] This invention was made with government support by the Small Business Innovation Research program of the U.S. Department of Energy, Contract SC0002291. The government has certain rights in the invention.