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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, Ph.D. Materials Science Program 2013
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, M.S. Engineering Mechanics 1986
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.S. 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


Local stiffness variation of paperboard examined in uniaxial tension

Small regions of heterogeneity in paper stiffness can provide places for sheets to fail. Forest Service researchers are the first to develop met ...


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 : 05/17/2021