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Professor Roger Keey

Professor Roger Keey


Emeritus Professor and Research Associate


BSc (Hons), PhD, DSc (Hon), FRSNZ, FIChemE, FIPENZ, FNZIC



Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364 2142 (direct)
Internal phone: ext 6142

Postal Address:
Wood Technology Research Centre
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


Roger Keey has interests and international links which span industrial drying technology and process reliability. He has been a consultant for AEA Technology in the United Kingdom, with research being supported locally from the Public Good Science Fund and Crown Research Institutes. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Drying Symposia, and gave a keynote address at its most recent conference in São Paulo , Brazil . He was the foundation director of the Wood Technology Research Centre, and currently is a research associate. He was a member of the joint Australian-New Zealand Standard Committee that produced AS/NZS 4360, which was the template for his book, Management of Engineering Risk, commissioned by the Centre for Advanced Engineering and the Institution of Professional Engineers .

Research Interests

Drying Technology
Work has spanned four decades and has included fundamental studies on the atomization of fluid and evaporation from particles, the drying kinetic of particulate materials, and applied studies on the performance of industrial drying equipment. More recently, work has concentrated on studying the kiln-drying behaviour of softwoods under high-temperature conditions, and understanding conditions for the development of drying stresses and colour as the wood dries. Attention has been paid to kiln design to improve uniformity of the circulating air with consequential improvement in the quality of the dried product. Some work has been done on the improvement of drying methods for indigenous hardwood species.

Process Reliability
Early work was concerned with the way major process hazards propagate from minor incidents and finding a methodology for assessing both industrial and natural hazards as a tool in land-use planning. The hazard analysis of processes was extended to include environmental risks arising from human and other activity, including the impact of frequent but low-level hazards. More recently, work has concerned the place of hazard identification and analysis in overall management of engineering risks.

Recent Publications

Understanding Kiln-Seasoning for the Benefit of Industry, Wood Technology Research Centre, Christchurch , 960pp, 1998.

Kiln-Drying of Lumber (with T A G Langrish and J C F Walker), Springer, Berlin , 326pp, 2000.

Management of Engineering Risk, Centre for Advanced Engineering, Christchurch and IPENZ, Wellington , 180pp, 2000.

Chapters in handbooks
International Encyclopaedia of Heat and Mass Transfer, pp336-346, 1300-1, 1997.

Industrial Drying of Foods, Ch.1 The industrial drying of foods - an overview, 1997

Handbook of Industrial Drying 3 rd edn (with P Perré), Drying of Wood (in print).

Recent paper
Application of neutron radiography to investigate changes in permeability in bacteria-treated Pinus radiata timber, maderas: ciencia y technologia, vol.6(1), 19-32, 2004.

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