With increasing innovation and technological imbursing the society with substitute of different products that are used by society extensively. Engineers at the University of Maryland have innovated and discovered new wood that is ten time stronger than earlier wood, a natural substance i.e. stronger than any titanium alloys.
The engineer Hu is an associate professor of materials science and engineering along with the member of the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute. The combination of tough and strong is normally not found in nature as exclaimed by Teen Li, the co-leader of the team as well as Samuel P. Langley Associate Professor of mechanical engineering at UMD’s Clark School. They compared the wood with steel but six times lighter and require ten times more energy to break than natural wood.
At the beginning of process it can be moulded and bent. The wood materials had been tested by the team by shooting bullet-like projectiles at it which blew through it but was stopped by wood when projectile tried to partway through. Huajian Gao explained that the paper provides a highly promising route for the designing of lightweight and high performance structural materials. The materials have enormous possibility for a broad range of application where high brawn, large toughness and superior ballistic compliance are desired.
The method involved was versatile for various species of wood and fairly easy to implement and can be used in cars, airplanes, building wherever steel is used. The subtle balance between the processes is completely imaginative and while experimenting an outstanding observation came into lives i.e. limiting the concentrated lignin glue between wood cells to maximize the mechanical performance of the densified wood.
The wood natural nanotechnology has expanded with these engineers initiative. Other many experiments were also conducted by them related to this stream.