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Title: Opportunities of using bio-based materials for value-added composites

Source: 2009 Wood and Fiber Product Seminar: VTT and USDA Joint Activity, September 22-23, 2009. Edited by Ali Harlin & Minna Vikman. (VTT Symposium 263) Helsinki, Finland : VTT, c2010. 176, A3 p. ISBN 978-951-38-7589-3.

Author(s)Cai, Zhiyong

Publication Year: 2010  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4706-3A

Abstract: Our forests are a naturally renewable resource that has been used as a principal source of bio-energy and building materials for centuries. The growth of world population and affluence has resulted in substantial increases in demand and in consumption for all raw materials. Resulting increases in demand for wood products provides a unique opportunity for developing new generations of renewal, sustainable and materials efficient bio-based composites. The 100-year history of the softwood plywood industry provides a good example of a successful development of an idea, a process, and eventually marketable product. The key to effectively developing marketable bio-based composites for use as building products that can be used for construction of safe and affordable structures is to identify the research and development and market needs for such products. This includes understanding the requirements for product performance, engineering processes, and product implementation.

Keywords: Value added, forest products industry, marketing, forest products, economic aspects, composite materials, building materials, sustainable forestry, sustainability, market surveys, plywood, supply, demand, renewable natural resources, research, consumption, laminated wood, veneers, veneering, plywood, history, biocomposites, softwoods, utilization, review article

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 54 kb(s)

Date posted: 07/15/2010

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RITS Product ID: 35763
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Cai, Zhiyong
Supervisory Research Materials Engineer
  

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