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Researchers create super wood that is stronger than titanium alloys [Registered]

Synthetic structural materials with exceptional mechanical performance suffer from either large weight and adverse environmental impact (for example, steels and alloys) or complex manufacturing processes and thus high cost (for example, polymer-based and biomimetic composites). The mechanical performance of natural wood (its strength and toughness) is unsatisfactory for many advanced engineering structures and applications. Engineers from the University of Maryland have developed a process that makes the treated wood 12 times stronger than natural wood and 10 times tougher. The researchers also believe it’s comparable — if not stronger than — many titanium alloys, and it’s a significantly cheaper resource.…

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