"Super wood" sports the strength of steel

Discussion in 'Materials' started by Vilo, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Vilo
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  2. gonzo
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    A hard wood, like ash, oak or hickory, has a tensile strength perpendicular to the grain of less than 1,000 PSI. According to the article, it increases it by 12. That would produce maybe 11,000 PSI which is way below of 58,ooo to 80,000 for common steels.
     
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    densifies it as well, so for boat builders, why would we want heavier wood?
     
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    Be very careful about properties which are not mentioned. That's a typical way to hype materials without revealing other problems which were created.

    Lignin - isn't that the stuff that "glues" wood fiber together? And they are going to remove some of it?

    Do you need bullet proof wood?
     

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    Right. The trouble with many things is when one attribute increases; something else changes. Shear, for example, might change.
     
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