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John M. Considine

John M. Considine

Materials Research Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
United States

Phone: 608-231-9525
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Current Research

  • Use of VFM (Virtual Fields Method) for stiffness identification in thin web materials
  • Determination of stiffness variation (heterogeneity) in paper and paperboard

Research Interests

  • Constitutive behavior of paper and paperboard
  • Full-field experimental displacement techniques on orthotropic materials
  • Property optimization for increased end-use performance of cellulosic materials
  • Time, temperature and moisture effects on paper and paperboard
  • Heterogeneity characterization of materials
  • Full-field displacement measurement techniques

Why This Research is Important

Conservation of the US cellulose fiber resource reduces landfill requirements, transportation costs and improves industry competitiveness.


  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, Materials Science Program , 2013
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, Engineering Mechanics , 1986
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, Engineering Mechanics , 1985

Professional Organizations

  • Society of Experimental Mechanics Member: Inverse Methods Technical Division, Member
  • Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), Member

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Research Highlights


New Method Measures Localized Stiffness of Thin Paper Materials with a Single Test

Forest Products Laboratory researchers have developed a method to measure localized stiffness of thin paper materials with a single test. Althou ...


Last updated on : 06/19/2015