Processing bulk natural wood into a high-performance structural material

  title={Processing bulk natural wood into a high-performance structural material},
  author={Jianwei Song and Chaoji Chen and Shuze Zhu and Mingwei Zhu and Jiaqi Dai and Upamanyu Ray and Yiju Li and Yudi Kuang and Yongfeng Li and Nelson Quispe and Yonggang Yao and Amy Gong and Ulrich H. Leiste and Hugh Alan Bruck and J. Y. Zhu and Azhar Vellore and Heng Li and Marilyn L. Minus and Zheng Jia and Ashlie Martini and Teng Li and Liangbing Hu},
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). Natural wood is a low-cost and abundant material and has been used for millennia as a structural material for building and furniture construction. However, the mechanical performance of natural wood (its strength and… Expand
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