Concrete infused with wood is stronger say researchers

Purdue University researchers say fusing concrete with microscopic wood nanocrystals could make concrete even stronger.

The researchers are hoping to build a bridge in California with the new material: cellulose nanocrystals – byproducts generated by the paper, bioenergy, agriculture, and pulp industries fused into concrete.

“Simply getting out there where people can actually drive on it, I think, is a huge step because you can’t just say it’s a lab curiosity at that point. It has real-world implications,” said Jeffrey Youngblood, a Purdue professor of materials engineering.


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