Hierarchical design as a tool in development of wood-based composite applications
2008 (English)In: 13th European Conference on Composite Materials: 2-5 June 2008, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
Traditionally new materials have been developed in order to solve technological problems within the aerospace, military or medicine fields. Renewable materials are developed from another perspective; they are developed in order to meet the demands from a sustainable society. If they are developed to become replacement materials, they have to be better or cheaper in order to take market shares or there has to be a political willingness to promote them. Economical subsidies are never sound and a better strategy to introduce these new materials is to identify their unique properties and possibilities and to market them.One such strategy, materials design, will be discussed in this paper. Renewable materials open for new strategies in design. Traditionally, in the life-cycle analysis (LCA) perspective materials should be recycled as materials and preferably as the original material quality. This implies that there has to be a limited number of materials and they need to be identifiable in order to be sorted. Renewable, natural fibre reinforced materials will degrade during recycling. The consequence of this is that these materials should better be recycled as energy. An integrated materials and product design will therefore be a new sustainable strategy. Researchers involved in R&D, i.e. research and development, of new materials have been involved in discussions and collaborations with the R&D department of companies producing and marketing materials. In parallel, industrial designers and engineers involved in product development and design have had on-going discussion with the same companies, but through their marketing department. This means that there is generally no communication between R&D and end-product designers. This paper suggests an R&D&D concept, Research and Development and Design, a hierarchical, integrated materials and product design strategy.
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Research subject Polymeric Composite Materials
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-33215Local ID: 8042aa40-c549-11dd-80bd-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-33215DiVA: diva2:1006452
European Conference on Composite Materials : 02/06/2008 - 05/06/2008
Godkänd; 2008; Bibliografisk uppgift: USB; 20081208 (ysko)2016-09-302016-09-30Bibliographically approved