A research group from the School of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland has developed a type of concrete that contains up to 50% wood particles. The new material, in which sawdust has replaced sand and gravel, proved its sturdiness during initial trials. Not only is the concrete’s carrying capacity higher, but it is also an insulator resistant to fire. It can even be used to pour slabs or build walls. Researchers estimate that more research is needed before this environmentally friendly material can enjoy wide use.
High-tech wood was in the spotlight in Technologist 11 in January 2017