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February 13, 2018
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Scientists introduce bulletproof super wood

Scientists have successfully engineered wood which with its bulletproof competence could be the sturdy construction material of the imminent future.

The super wood plank has akin characteristics to carbon-fiber and can be utilized in edifice of buildings, cars and bulletproof jackets.

In a footage released of the experimentation done a bullet can be seen going through three different barriers of natural wood, monolayer densified wood, and laminated densified wood. Out of the three layers, the laminated densified wood was seen grasping hold of the bullet and disabling it from passing through.

The development was made possible by engineers at the University of Maryland by boiling blocks of standard wood in a water-based solution containing sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfate. Through this method, organic chemicals in presence inside the wood were eradicated which gave the structure its stringency.

The wood is then hard-pressed amid two metal plates that are heated to 100°C (212°F) for one full day, which compress the cells collectively, sealing all openings.

The force sparks a chemical bond between atoms that construct the wood’s cellular structure, as well as reduce the original size of the plank.

The research leader Liangbing Hu stated: “'This new way to treat wood makes it 12 times stronger than natural wood and ten times tougher. This could be a competitor to steel or even titanium alloys, it is so strong and durable. It's also comparable to carbon fiber, but much less expensive.”


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