Mapping char depth in Ponderosa pine CLT specimens subjected to fire tests.
Faculty mentor/Supervisor: 
Lech Muszynski
Department Affiliation: 
Wood Science & Engineering
Job Location: 
The primary plan is to conduct the work in the Oak Creek open-air compound under dedicated lab access approval issued by COF safety committee (cutup of the test panels and digital image acquisition) and from home/office (data processing and analysis).
Description of project or research opportunity: 
This project opportunity is concerned with mapping char depth in eight 4 ft x 6 ft Ponderosa pine cross-laminated timber (CLT) specimens subjected to fire tests at the Western Fire Center in Kelso, WA between September 1 and 4, 2020. The project involves: 1) physical dissection of the original specimens exposed to fire into 6 in x 6 in segments on which the position of the char front will be determined using optical measurement methods; 2) processing the measurement data and creating char depth maps showing spatial distribution of the char depth over specimen areas; and 3) statistical analysis of the processed data. Methodology of all stages of this project has been prototyped and developed by Cassie Holloway, a MEP program graduate (2018/2019). This MEP project will contribute to a larger project concerned with fire performance of custom Ponderosa pine CLT panels utilizing material generated in forest restoration programs. The MEP Student Protégé will be mentored by Lech Muszynski, the PI on this project, and assisted by Seung hyun Hong, the MS level GRA on this project.
Tasks student will perform: 
The Student Protégé tasks will include: 1) physical dissection of the original specimens exposed to fire into 6 in x 6 in segments on which the position of the char front will be determined using optical measurement methods (to be performed at the Oak Creek open-air compound under dedicated lab access approval issued by COF safety committee, the student will receive proper safety training and, by WSE safety guidelines, will be accompanied by a safety buddy when working with power tools); 2) processing the measurement data and creating char depth maps showing spatial distribution of the char depth over specimen areas; (to be performed from home/office) 3) statistical analysis of the processed data (to be performed from home/office)
Special skills required: 
Ability to work with wood-working power tools (hand held circular saw). Site-and-tool specific training will be offered. Fundamental quantitative literacy and critical thinking Medium level proficiency with Excel spreadsheet Clear mind and eager heart
Hourly rate of pay: 
$12.50/hr
Proposed dates of employment: 
Monday, October 5, 2020 to Friday, December 18, 2020
Anticipated hours worked per week: 
8
Proposal Type: 
Mentored Employment Program
COVID-19 Pandemic Response: 
The primary plan is to conduct the work in the Oak Creek open-air compound under dedicated lab access approval issued by COF safety committee. The open-air compound has a shedded area with necessary tools and and digital imaging setup allows for two people to collaborate on a project while maintaining required distancing. Should the lab access approval be revoked due to increased COVID-19 concerns, the protégé will be able to continue MEP work remotely on the digital image processing and creating digital char maps showing spatial distribution of the char depth over specimen areas and/or on the statistical analysis of the collected data. These tasks do not require lab presence and can be advised remotely even if the lockout does not allow to collect a complete set of measurements.