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  • 1. Acciaro, R.
    et al.
    Aulin, C.
    RISE, Innventia.
    Wågberg, L.
    Lindström, T.
    RISE, Innventia.
    Claesson, P.M.
    Varga, I.
    Investigation of the formation structure and release characteristics of self-assembled composite films of cellulose nanofibrils and temperature responsive microgels2011In: Soft Matter, ISSN 1744-683X, E-ISSN 1744-6848, no 4, 1369-1377 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Adamopoulos, Stergios
    TEI Thessaly, Greece.
    Recovery and utilization of wood and rubber at the end of their lifespan to produce innovative products2014In: Development and Business Prospects in Thessaly by Symbiotic Utilization of Agricultural and Industrial Solid Waste to Produce Materials and Energy, November 24, Larissa, Greece, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Adamopoulos, Stergios
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Forestry and Wood Technology.
    Foti, Dafni
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
    Voulgaridis, Elias
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
    Passialis, Costas
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
    Manufacturing and properties of gypsum-based products with recovered wood and rubber materials2015In: BioResources, ISSN 1930-2126, E-ISSN 1930-2126, Vol. 10, no 3, 5573-5585 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The experimental production of gypsum-based products (cylindrical samples, solid bricks) using different fractions of wood chips and rubber particles was studied. Recovered rubber and wood materials were mixed with gypsum and water in various proportions to fabricate gypsum-wood and gypsum-rubber cylindrical samples and standard solid bricks with six holes using appropriate molds. It was shown that to manufacture gypsum-wood and gypsum-rubber products with good mechanical strength, coarse fractions of wood and rubber should be used, but the proportion of wood or rubber should not exceed 25%. No thermal conductivity differences were found between the wood-and rubber-type of gypsum products, and particle size and material proportion had no effect. Samples with fine wood and rubber particles present at a lower proportion (25%) exhibited similar sound absorption behavior. The solid bricks had slightly higher strength when loaded at the large surface of their lateral upper side than when loaded at the small surface. The bricks provided better thermal insulation than both the extruded and pressed house bricks but lower than that of insulating bricks. The emission of volatile organic compounds out of the bricks was at an acceptable level according to regulations for construction products.

  • 4. Ahmad, Maqsood
    et al.
    Peng, Ru
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Engineering Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    König, Mathias
    Johansson, Sten
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Engineering Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Bending Fatigue Behavior of Blast Cleaned Grey Cast Iron2016In: Residual Stresses 2016: ICRS-10, Materials Research Proceedings 2 (2016), 2016, 193-198 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents a detailed study on the effect of an industrial blast cleaning process on the fatigue behavior of a grey cast iron with regard to the residual stresses and microstructural changes induced by the process. A comparison was also made to the effect of a machining operation which removed the casting skin layer. The blast cleaning process was found to greatly improve the fatigue resistance in both the low and high cycle regimes with a 75% increase in the fatigue limit. Xray diffraction measurements and scanning electron microscopic analyses showed that the improvement was mainly attributed to compressive residual stresses in a surface layer up to 800 μm in thickness in the blast cleaned specimens. The machining also gave better fatigue performance with a 30% increase in the fatigue limit, which was ascribed to the removal of the weaker casting skin layer.

  • 5.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Westin, Mikael
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science. University of Jyvaskyla, Department of Physics.
    Korpimäki, Jani
    CSI Composites.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Nanofibre distribution in composites manufactured with epoxy reinforced with nanofibrillated cellulose: model prediction and verification2016In: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, ISSN 1757-8981, E-ISSN 1757-899X, Vol. 139, 012011Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study a model based on simple scattering is developed and used to predict the distribution of nanofibrillated cellulose in composites manufactured by resin transfer moulding (RTM) where the resin contains nanofibres. The model is a Monte Carlo based simulation where nanofibres are randomly chosen from probability density functions for length, diameter and orientation. Their movements are then tracked as they advance through a random arrangement of fibres in defined fibre bundles. The results of the model show that the fabric filters the nanofibres within the first 20 µm unless clear inter-bundle channels are available. The volume fraction of the fabric fibres, flow velocity and size of nanofibre influence this to some extent. To verify the model, an epoxy with 0.5 wt.% Kraft Birch nanofibres was made through a solvent exchange route and stained with a colouring agent. This was infused into a glass fibre fabric using an RTM process. The experimental results confirmed the filtering of the nanofibres by the fibre bundles and their penetration in the fabric via the inter-bundle channels. Hence, the model is a useful tool for visualising the distribution of the nanofibres in composites in this manufacturing process.

  • 6.
    Alfredsen, Gry
    et al.
    Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Norway.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Dibdiakova, Janka
    Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Norway.
    Filbakk, Tore
    Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Norway.
    Bollmus, Susanne
    Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Thermogravimetric analysis for wood decay characterisation2012In: European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, ISSN 0018-3768, E-ISSN 1436-736X, Vol. 70, no 4, 527-530 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper focuses on the use of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) as a fast method for estimating the change of lignocellulosic materials during fungal degradation in laboratory trials. Traditionally, evaluations of durability tests are based on mass loss. However, to gain more knowledge of the reasons for differences in durability and strength between wooden materials, information on the chemical changes is needed. Pinus sylvestris sapwood was incubated with the brown rot fungusGloeophyllum trabeum and the white rot fungus Trametes versicolor. The TGA approach used was found to be reproducible between laboratories. The TGA method did not prove useful for wood deteriorated by white rot, but the TGA showed to be a convenient tool for fast estimation of lignocellulosic components both in sound wood and wood decayed by brown rot.

  • 7.
    Alfredsson, K. Svante
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Gawandi, A. A.
    Univ Delaware, Ctr Composite Mat, Newark, DE 19716 USA.
    Gillespie, J. W., Jr.
    Univ Delaware, Ctr Composite Mat, Newark, DE 19716 USA.
    Carlsson, L. A.
    Florida Atlantic Univ, Dept Mech Engn, Boca Raton, FL 33431 USA.
    Bogetti, T. A.
    USA, Res Lab, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005 USA.
    Stress analysis of axially and thermally loaded discontinuous tile core sandwich with and without adhesive filled core gaps2011In: Composite structures, ISSN 0263-8223, Vol. 93, no 7, 1621-1630 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An analytical study is performed to investigate the stress states in an axially and thermally loaded sandwich structure with a discontinuous ceramic tile core. General and simplified models are developed to determine stresses in the constituents of the sandwich structure with and without adhesive in the gaps between adjacent tiles. A general model that allows local bending of the face sheet and a simplified model which assumes uniform through-thickness stress distribution in the face sheets are developed. It is shown that the normal stress in the face sheet decreases when the gap is filled by adhesive, although the tile stress increases. The analytical model shows that normal and shear stresses at the face/core interface can be reduced by filling the gaps between tiles. Filled gaps also elevate the axial stiffness of the structure. Model results are verified by comparison to a previously developed analytical model and finite element analysis. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 8.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Mechanical damage characteristics of elementary hemp fibers and scale effect of fiber strength2012In: High Performance Structure and Materials VI: papers presented at the 6th International Conference on High Performance Structures and Materials held at the Wessex Institute of Technology in the New Forest, UK] / [ed] W.P. De Wilde; C.A. Brebbia; S. Hernandez, Southampton: WIT Press, 2012, 157-167 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ecological and economical considerations foster replacement of man-made fibers by natural renewable fibers in various industrial applications. Bast fibers of such plants as, e.g., flax, hemp, jute etc., are particularly attractive as a reinforcement of polymer-matrix composites due to their high specific stiffness and strength in the axial direction. The elementary bast fibers exhibit pronounced scatter of strength. It necessitates probabilistic description of their strength via a distribution function that reflects damage morphology and severity in fibers. Fiber fracture is shown to originate from mechanical defects of the bast cell wall, the most prominent of them being kink bands. While the number of kink bands in a fiber is easily determined by optical microscopy, direct experimental measurement of their strength is complicated. Therefore, alternative approaches are sought, enabling extraction of strength characteristics of the kink bands from fiber tests via appropriate probabilistic models. Analytical distribution function of bast fiber strength has been derived, allowing for the effect of mechanical damage in the form of kink bands. The fiber characteristics measured have been used to evaluate the kink band density and strength distributions. The theoretical distribution is verified against experimental tensile strength data of elementary hemp fibers at several gauge lengths and found to provide acceptable accuracy in predicting the scale effect of strength.

  • 9. Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Evaluation of interfacial shear strength by tensile tests of impregnated flax fiber yarns2012In: Journal of composite materials, ISSN 0021-9983, E-ISSN 1530-793X, Vol. 46, no 3, 351-357 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Adhesion of flax fibers and polymer matrix as well as mutual bonding of elementary fibers in a technical fiber are among the principal factors governing the mechanical response of flax fiber reinforced polymer-matrix composites. A method for evaluation of adhesion is proposed based on tension tests of impregnated fiber yarns, with subsequent characterization by optical microscopy of length distribution of fibers pulled out of the yarn fracture surfaces. An elementary probabilistic model is derived relating aspect ratio distribution of the pulled out fibers to the fiber tensile strength distribution and the effective interfacial shear strength. The method was applied to flax fiber/vinylester resin yarns and an estimate of interfacial shear strength at 17 MPa was obtained.

  • 10.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Modniks, Janis
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    An Improved Method For Identification Of The Interfacial Shear Strength By Tensile Tests Of Short-Fiber Composites2015In: Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Composites Testing and Model Identification / [ed] C. González; C. López; J. LLorca, Madrid, Spain: IMDEA, Madrid (SPAIN) , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Modniks, Janis
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Madsen, Bo
    Technical University of Denmark, Risø Campus, Materials Research Division, Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark.
    Nättinen, Kalle
    Bemis Flexible Packaging Europe, Bemis Valkeakoski Oy.
    Apparent interfacial shear strength of short-flax-fiber/starch acetate composites2016In: International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, ISSN 0143-7496, E-ISSN 1879-0127, Vol. 64, 78-85 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper deals with an indirect industry-friendly method for identification of the interfacial shear strength (IFSS) in a fully bio-based composite. The IFSS of flax fiber/starch acetate is evaluated by a modified Bowyer and Bader method based on an analysis of the stress-strain curve of a short-fiber-reinforced composite in tension. A shear lag model is developed for the tensile stress-strain response of short-fiber-reinforced composites allowing for an elasticperfectly plastic stress transfer. Composites with different fiber volume fractions and a variable content of plasticizer have been analyzed. The apparent IFSS of flax /starch acetate is within the range of 5.5 to 20.5 MPa, depending on composition of the material. The IFSS is found to be greater for composites with a higher fiber loading and to decrease with increasing content of plasticizer. The IFSS is equal or greater than the yield strength of the neat polymer, suggesting good adhesion, as expected for the chemically compatible constituents.

  • 12. André, Alain
    et al.
    Norrby, Monica
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Lightweight Structures.
    Åkermo, Malin
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Lightweight Structures.
    Nilsson, Sören
    Nyman, Tonny
    An Experimental And Numerical Study Of The Effect Of Some Manufacturing Defects2013In: Proceedings of the 19th International conference on composite materials, ICCM-19, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Data provided are for informational purposes only. Although carefully collected, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The impact factor represents a rough estimation of the journal's impact factor and does not reflect the actual current impact factor. Publisher conditions are provided by RoMEO. Differing provisions from the publisher's actual policy or licence agreement may be applicable.

  • 13.
    André, Alann
    et al.
    Swerea SICOMP AB, Mölndal.
    Kliger, Robert
    Division of Structural Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology.
    Asp, Leif
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Compression failure mechanism in small scale timber specimens2014In: Construction and Building Materials, ISSN 0950-0618, E-ISSN 1879-0526, Vol. 50, 130-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Understanding the failure mechanism of wood loaded in compression parallel to the grain has been shown to be an important parameter in the design of timber beams strengthened with fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP). In this paper, a constitutive relationship for wood under uniaxial compression load parallel to the grain was determined experimentally. Several parameters, such as silviculture, moisture content and radial position in the log in relation to the pith from where the specimen was sawn, were considered. Small clear-wood specimens were used. The strain localisation in the failure region (kinkband) was monitored using the digital image correlation method. The results show that silviculture and moisture content are two very important parameters which influence the compression failure mechanism. Furthermore, there is a significant difference in behaviour between specimens from the juvenile region of the log and specimens from mature wood. Based on experimental results, two numerical models were built, considering either a global or a local constitutive relationship. It was demonstrated that both numerical models yield accurate results and that, depending on the experimental equipment available, a constitutive relationship could be extracted and used as input in these numerical models.

  • 14.
    André, Benny
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Materials Sciences.
    Nanocomposites for Use in Sliding Electrical Contacts2011Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this thesis nanocomposite materials for use in high performance electrical contacts are tested. Self mating silver as coatings on cupper substrates are the most used material combination in power connectors today. In this work two new concepts were tested. The first one was to change one of the mating surfaces to a hard thin coating and keep the other surface made of silver. Tested coatings were nanocomposites with hard carbides in a matrix of amorphous carbon. TiC/a-C and  Ti-Ni-C/a-C were tested both electrically and tribologically. The total amount of carbon and the amount of carbon matrix was important, both for the electrical and the tribological properties. The Ti-Ni-C coating also showed that substituting Ti in TiC with the weak carbide former Ni changed the stability of the carbides. The substitution resulted in more a-C matrix and less C in the carbides. Thin coatings of nc-TiC/a-C and  Ti-Ni-C/a-C showed high potential as material candidates for use in electrical contacts.

    The other tested concept was to modify the used silver instead of replacing it. This was done by embedding nanoparticles of solid lubricant IF-WS2 in the silver. The results from reciprocating sliding displayed low friction and high wear resistance. The modified silver surfaces lasted for 8000 strokes with a friction of about 0.3 while at the same time allowing for a low contact resistance. The results for surfaces of pure silver coating displayed a friction of 0.8-1.2 and that the silver was worn through already after 300 strokes.

    A new method to investigate inherent hardness and residual stress of thin coatings, on complex geometries or in small areas, was also developed. An ion beam was used to create stress free coating as free standing micro pillars. Hardness measured on the pillars and on as-deposited coating were then used to calculate the residual stress in the coatings.

  • 15.
    André, Benny
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Materials Sciences.
    Kassman-Rudolphi, Åsa
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Materials Sciences.
    Wiklund, Urban
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Materials Sciences.
    Enhancing silver through embedding of fullerene like WS2 for sliding electrical contactsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 16. Ansari, F.
    et al.
    Sjöstedt, A.
    Larsson, Per Tomas
    RISE, Innventia.
    Berglund, L. A.
    Wågberg, L.
    Hierarchical wood cellulose fiber/epoxy biocomposites: Materials design of fiber porosity and nanostructure2015In: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, ISSN 1359-835X, E-ISSN 1878-5840, Vol. 74, 60-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Delignified chemical wood pulp fibers can be designed to have a controlled structure of cellulose fibril aggregates to serve as porous templates in biocomposites with unique properties. The potential of these fibers as reinforcement for an epoxy matrix (EP) was investigated in this work. Networks of porous wood fibers were impregnated with monomeric epoxy and cured. Microscopy images from ultramicrotomed cross sections and tensile fractured surfaces were used to study the distribution of matrix inside and around the fibers - at two different length scales. Mechanical characterization at different relative humidity showed much improved mechanical properties of biocomposites based on epoxy-impregnated fibers and they were rather insensitive to surrounding humidity. Furthermore, the mechanical properties of cellulose-fiber biocomposites were compared with those of cellulose-nanofibril (CNF) composites; strong similarities were found between the two materials. The reasons for this, some limitations and the role of specific surface area of the fiber are discussed.

  • 17.
    Ansari, Farhan
    et al.
    Department of Fiber and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
    Granda, Luis A.
    Laboratory of Paper Engineering and Polymer Materials (LEPAMAP) Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Girona.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Berglund, Lars A.
    Department of Fiber and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
    Vilaseca, Fabiola
    Department of Fiber and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
    Experimental evaluation of anisotropy in injection molded polypropylene/wood fiber biocomposites2017In: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, ISSN 1359-835X, E-ISSN 1878-5840, Vol. 96, 147-154 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Although the anisotropy of wood fibers is reasonably well established, the anisotropy of injection molded wood fiber composites is not well understood. This work focuses on chemo-thermomechanical pulp (CTMP) reinforced polypropylene (PP) composites. A kinetic mixer (Gelimat) is used for compounding CTMP/PP composites, followed by injection molding. Effects from processing induced orientation on mechanical properties are investigated. For this purpose, a film gate mold was designed to inject composites in the shape of plates so that specimens in different directions to the flow could be evaluated in tensile tests. Observations from tensile tests were complemented by performing flexural tests (in different directions) on discs cut from the injected plates. SEM was used to qualitatively observe the fiber orientation in the composites. At high fiber content, both modulus and tensile strength could differ by as much as 40% along the flow and transverse to the flow. The fiber orientation was strongly increased at the highest fiber content, as concluded from theoretical analysis.

  • 18. Arab, A.
    et al.
    Stommel, M.
    Wallström, Lennart
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Rack, A.
    Investigation of fibre degradation in natural fibre reinforced biocomposites2013In: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Materials, Polymers and Composites: Ecocomp 2013, 2013, 174-185 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 19. Arab, A.
    et al.
    Stommel, M.
    Wallström, Lennart
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Varna, Janis
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Stiffness prediction in green composites using homogenization techniques2013In: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Composite Materials: ICCM 2013, Montreal (Canada), 2013, 1214-1222 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 20.
    Arab, Asghar
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Stommel, L.
    Saarland University.
    Wallström, Lennart
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Fibre Orientation Investigation in Short Natural Fibre Reinforced Composites Using Synchrotron Imaging2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 21.
    Asfaw, Habtom Desta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Structural Chemistry.
    Multifunctional Carbon Foams by Emulsion Templating: Synthesis, Microstructure, and 3D Li-ion Microbatteries2017Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Carbon foams are among the existing electrode designs proposed for use in 3D Li-ion microbatteries. For such electrodes to find applications in practical microbatteries, however, their void sizes, specific surface areas and pore volumes need be optimized. This thesis concerns the synthesis of highly porous carbon foams and their multifunctional applications in 3D microbatteries. The carbon foams are derived from polymers that are obtained by polymerizing high internal phase water-in-oil emulsions (HIPEs).

    In general, the carbonization of the sulfonated polymers yielded hierarchically porous structures with void sizes ranging from 2 to 35 µm and a BET specific surface area as high as 630 m2 g-1. Thermogravimetric and spectroscopic evidence indicated that the sulfonic acid groups, introduced during sulfonation, transformed above 250 oC to thioether (-C-S-) crosslinks which were responsible for the thermal stability and charring tendency of the polymer precursors. Depending on the preparation of the HIPEs, the specific surface areas and void-size distributions were observed to vary considerably. In addition, the pyrolysis temperature could also affect the microstructures, the degree of graphitization, and the surface chemistry of the carbon foams.

    Various potential applications were explored for the bespoke carbon foams. First, their use as freestanding active materials in 3D microbatteries was studied. The carbon foams obtained at 700 to 1500 oC suffered from significant irreversible capacity loss during the initial discharge. In an effort to alleviate this drawback, the pyrolysis temperature was raised to 2200 oC. The resulting carbon foams were observed to deliver high, stable areal capacities over several cycles. Secondly, the possibility of using these structures as 3D current collectors for various active materials was investigated in-depth. As a proof-of-concept demonstration, positive active materials like polyaniline and LiFePO4 were deposited on the 3D architectures by means of electrodeposition and sol-gel approach, respectively. In both cases, the composite electrodes exhibited reasonably high cyclability and rate performance at different current densities. The syntheses of niobium and molybdenum oxides and their potential application as electrodes in microbatteries were also studied. In such applications, the carbon foams served dual purposes as 3D scaffolds and as reducing reactants in the carbothermal reduction process. Finally, a facile method of coating carbon substrates with oxide nanosheets was developed. The approach involved the exfoliation of crystalline VO2 to prepare dispersions of hydrated V2O5, which were subsequently cast onto CNT paper to form oxide films of different thicknesses.

  • 22.
    Asfaw, Kristina
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström.
    Tai, Cheuk-Wai
    Nyholm, Leif
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Edström, Kristina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Structural Chemistry.
    Surface-oxidized NbO2 nanoparticles for high performance lithium microbatteriesManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Asp, Leif
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Structural battery materials2012In: Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Composite Materials / [ed] Marino Quaresimin; Laszlo Kollar; Leif Asp, Venice, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Since four years Swerea SICOMP has been leading a team of Swedish researchers developing structural battery materials from polymer composites. The research performed in the Swedish project KOMBATT (Lightweight structural energy storage materials) is funded by the Swedish foundation for strategic research (SSF). The research addresses two technical challenges in particular. Firstly, solid polymer electrolytes that efficiently transfer loads in the composite and simultaneously transports lithium ions, while being electrically insulating, must be developed. Secondly, the ability of the reinforcement, i.e. The carbon fibres, to intercalate lithium ions as part of the chemical redox reactions, while maintaining its mechanical properties must be assured. This paper is the first in a series of papers at this conference from the KOMBATT project team and presents background and overview of the project.

  • 24. Asp, Leif
    Multifunctional composite materials for energy storage in structural load paths2013In: Plastics, rubber and composites, ISSN 1465-8011, E-ISSN 1743-2898, Vol. 42, no 4, 144-149 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents an overview of the research performed to date by a Swedish interdisciplinaryteam of scientists striving to develop multifunctional composite materials for storage of electric energy in mechanical load paths. To realise structural batteries from polymer composites, research pursued on carbon fibres for use as negative electrode in the battery as well as on polymer electrolytes for use as polymer matrix in the composite is reported. The work on carbon fibres comprises characterisation of the electrochemical capacity of commercial carbon fibre grades and how this is affected by mechanical load. Co-polymers are studied for their multifunctional performance with respect to lithium ion conductivity and stiffness. Also, rational processing of these polymer electrolytes and the effect of processing on their properties are addressed

  • 25.
    Asp, Leif
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Marklund, Erik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Varna, Janis
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Olsson, Robin
    Swerea SICOMP AB, Mölndal.
    Multiscale modelling of non-crimp fabric composites2012In: Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition--2012: presented at ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 9-15, 2012 Houston, Texas USA, New York: American Society of Mechanical Engineers , 2012, Vol. 3, 581-590 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Damage initiation and evolution in NCF composites leading to final failure includes a multitude of mechanisms and phenomena on several length scales. From an engineering point-of-view a computational scheme where all mechanisms would be explicitly addressed is too complex and time consuming. Hence, methods for macroscopic performance prediction of NCF composites, with limited input regarding micro- And mesoscale details, are requested. In this paper, multi-scale modelling approaches for in-plane transverse strength of NCF composites are outlined and discussed. In addition a simplistic method to predict transverse tensile and compressive strength for textile composites featuring low or no fibre waviness is presented

  • 26.
    Asp, Leif
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Szpieg, Magdalena
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Wysocki, Maciej
    Swerea SICOMP AB.
    Mechanical performance and modelling of a fully recycled modified CF/PP composite2012In: Journal of composite materials, ISSN 0021-9983, E-ISSN 1530-793X, Vol. 46, no 12, 1503-1517 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A fully recycled carbon fiber reinforced maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MAPP)-modified polypropylene (rCF/rPP) composite material has been developed and characterized. This new composite was manufactured employing papermaking principles, dispersing the recycled carbon fibers (rCF) in water, and forming them into mats. Two layers of the recycled polypropylene (rPP) films manufactured using press-forming were sandwiched between three rCF preform layers in a stack. The stack was heated and press-formed resulting in a composite plate with a nominal thickness of 1.20 mm and a fiber volume fraction of 40%. A series of tensile tests using rectangular specimens cut in four different directions (0°, 90°, ± 45°) in the composite plate were performed to confirm in-plane material isotropy. Models to predict stiffness and strength of the short fiber rCF/rPP composite were also employed and validated using experiments. The models were found to be in good agreement with experimental results. Fiber length distribution measurements were performed before (unprocessed) and after (processed) composite manufacturing to investigate the influence of processing on fiber degradation. The results revealed a significant reduction in fiber length by the press-forming operation. To model the viscoelastic and viscoplastic responses of the composite an inelastic material model was employed and characterized using a series of creep and recovery tests. From the creep tests, it was found that the time and stress dependence of viscoplastic strains follows a power law. The viscoelastic response of the composite was found to be linear in the investigated stress range. The material model was validated in constant stress rate tensile tests and the agreement was good, even close to the rupture stress.

  • 27.
    Aulin, C.
    et al.
    RISE, Innventia.
    Salazar-Alvarez, G.
    Lindström, T.
    RISE, Innventia.
    High strength flexible and transparent nanofibrillated cellulose-nanoclay biohybrid films with tunable oxygen and water vapor permeability2012In: Nanoscale, ISSN 2040-3364, E-ISSN 2040-3372, no 20, 6622-6628 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 28.
    Bachinger, A.
    et al.
    Composite Structures, Swerea SICOMP AB.
    Marklund, Erik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science. Composite Structures, Swerea SICOMP AB.
    Rössler, J.
    Hellström, Pär
    Composite Structures, Swerea SICOMP AB.
    Asp, Leif
    Composite Structures, Swerea SICOMP AB.
    Stiffness-modifiable composite for pedestrian protection2014In: 16th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2014: Seville, Spain, 22 - 26 June 2014, European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM , 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel functional material allowing stiffness-reduction upon external stimulation was developed. Implementation of such technology in the design of a car front has high potential to result in increased protection of vulnerable road users (VRUs). The composite material is obtained by coating carbon fibres with a thermoplastic polymer in a continuous process, followed by infusion with an epoxy resin. The process is scalable for industrial use. The coating process was optimized regarding coating efficiency, energy consumption, risks involved for operating personnel and environment, and tailored to gain the optimal coating thickness obtained from numerical calculations. A drastic decrease in transversal stiffness could be detected for the composite material by dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA), when the temperature was increased above the glass transition temperature of the thermoplastic interphase. The ability of the material to achieve such temperature and associated reduction in stiffness by the application of current was verified using a special 3-point bending setup developed for this task.

  • 29.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Mechanical properties of sound and of deteriorated softwood at different length scales: Poromicromechanical modeling and experimental investigations2011Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Due to its natural origin and its inherent heterogeneities, mechanical properties of wood are highly anisotropic and show a broad variability, not only between different wood species, but also within a tree. Similar to other biological materials, the wood mi- crostructure is well organized and hierarchically structured from the annual rings visible to the naked eye down to the wood polymers cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin at the nanometer-scale. This thesis aims at a deeper understanding of the role of different hi- erarchical levels and their corresponding physical and chemical characteristics in relation to mechanical properties of sound wood and of deteriorated wood. This is achieved by means of micromechanical modeling and experimental analyses.

    This thesis starts with the re-formulation of an existing micromechanical model for the elastic behavior and elastic limit states of wood in the framework of poromechanics. The mechanical role of cell wall water at different hierarchical levels is investigated by means of this model. In a broader sense, the developed model allows to investigate the transition of eigenstresses from the cell wall to the softwood level. Moreover, this poromicromechanical model forms the basis for subsequent consideration of a microscopic failure criterion for lignin for the derivation of softwood failure stresses. The suitability of the modeling approach is underlined by a satisfactory agreement of the model-predicted failure stresses with experimental results of biaxial strength tests on Norway spruce.

    As a result of partly considerably different microstructural characteristics, Common yew exhibits exceptional mechanical properties compared to other softwood species. The re- lationship between microstructure and stiffness properties of Common yew and Norway spruce is investigated by means of the poromicromechanical model and mechanical tests across various length scales. Moreover, this offers the opportunity of a broader model validation. The influence of differences in microfibril angle of the S2 cell wall layer and in mass density between yew and spruce is found to be more dominant than the influence of differences in the annual ring characteristics.

    The suitability of the poromicromechanical model to predict changes in mechanical prop- erties upon fungal decay is demonstrated. For this purpose, relationships between mi- crostructure and mechanical properties of deteriorated wood are experimentally explored. Changes in mechanical properties and in the microstructure, measured at pine wood samples after standard wood durability tests using one brown rot fungus (Gloeophyl- lum trabeum) and one white rot fungus (Trametes versicolor), are presented. Transverse stiffnesses are revealed to be more sensitive to degradation than longitudinal stiffness, particularly as a result of pronounced degradation of hemicelluloses. Moreover, ultrason- ically derived anisotropy ratios of elastic stiffnesses allow to identify certain degradation mechanisms of the two considered fungi. The experimental campaign is complemented by micromechanical modeling. For this purpose, the micromechanical model is extended to take into account degradation-specific microstructural characteristics. 

  • 30. Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Braovac, Susan
    Fackler, Karin
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Stiffness Properties of the Archaeological Oak Wood from the Oseberg Ship2011In: Cultural Heritage Preservation.EWCHP - 2011: Proceedings of the European Workshop on Cultural Heritage Preservation. Berlin, Germany, September 26 to 28, 2011, Fraunhofer IRB Verlag, 2011, 164-170 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 31.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Braovac, Susan
    University of Oslo, Norway.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Microstructure-Stiffness Relations of the Ancient Oak Wood from the Oseberg Ship2010In: International Workshop on "Modeling Mechanical Behavior of Wooden Cultural Objects", Krakow, 2010, 22-23 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Dastoorian, Foroogh
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria ; University of Tehran, Iran.
    Ebrahimi, Ghanbar
    University of Tehran, Iran.
    Unger, Gerhard
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Lahayne, Olaf
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hellmich, Christian
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Pichler, Bernhard
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Combined ultrasonic-mechanical characterization of orthotropic elastic properties of an unrefined bagasse fiber-polypropylene composite2016In: Composites Part B: Engineering, ISSN 1359-8368, E-ISSN 1879-1069, Vol. 95, 96-104 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Use of wood-fiber plastics for construction purposes calls for comprehensive understanding of their anisotropic mechanical properties. As a respective contribution, we here report the first-ever complete elasticity characterization of an orthotropic bagasse fiber polypropylene composite, requiring identification of nine independent constants. For this purpose, we carry out characterization in principal material directions. Six diagonal stiffness tensor components are quantified based on ultrasonic longitudinal and shear wave velocity measurements; and three diagonal compliance tensor components are identified as the inverses of three Young’s moduli derived from unloading regimes of quasi-static uniaxial compression tests. Combination of all measurement data in the framework of orthotropic linear elasticity provides access to all off-diagonal stiffness and compliance tensor components, opening the door to quantifying six Poisson’s ratios. 

  • 33.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    de Borst, Karin
    University of Glasgow, UK.
    Poroelastic properties of hardwood at different length scales2013In: Poromechanics V: proceedings of the fifth Biot Conference on Poromechanics, July 10-12, 2013, Vienna, Austria / [ed] Christian Hellmich, Bernhard Pichler, Dietmar Adam, Reston: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2013, 1830-1836 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Hardwoods show a very complex, hierarchically organized microstructure. Slight structural differences at various length scales bring about a huge variety of hardwood species. This motivates the development of a micromechanical model for hardwood. Since differences in the microstructure of the material can be considered in the model, it offers the opportunity to explain the variability of mechanical properties of the whole class of hardwood. The micromechanical model is formulated in the framework of poroelasticity. In this contribution, poroelastic properties at different length scales of the material are discussed. Validation of the micromechanical model is based on an extensive experimental database covering elastic properties and microstructural characteristics of different temperate and tropical hardwood species. Exemplary parameter studies demonstrate the ability of the model to study the contribution of specific microstructural characteristics to the load transfer and the deformation characteristics of wood. 

  • 34.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    de Borst, Karin
    University of Glasgow, UK.
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Micromechanical modeling of Common yew and Norway spruce2013In: Proceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics: PAMM, ISSN 1617-7061, E-ISSN 1617-7061, Vol. 13, no 1, 185-186 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this contribution, a micromechanical modeling approach in the framework of poromechanics is adopted to study structure-stiffness relations of two quite different species, namely spruce and yew, in detail. In particular, microstructural specialties of yew and spruce are assessed. A dominant influence of the cellulose content and its orientation on the stiffness of the cell wall is revealed, while on the macroscopic scale, density is found to be the governing microstructural characteristic for elastic properties.

  • 35.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    de Borst, Karin
    University of Glasgow, UK.
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Micromechanical Modeling of Wood: Multiscale Modeling and Model Validation2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Due to its natural origin and its inherent heterogeneities, mechanical properties of wood are highlyanisotropic and show a broad variability, not only between different wood species, but also within a tree [1].Similar to other biological materials, the wood microstructure is well organized and hierarchically structuredfrom the annual rings visible to the naked eye down to the wood polymers cellulose, hemicellulose, andlignin at the nanometer-scale. The aim of the research conducted at the Institute for Mechanics of Materialsand Structures is a deeper understanding of the role of different hierarchical levels and their correspondingphysical and chemical characteristics in relation to mechanical properties of softwood and hardwood. This isachieved by means of micromechanical modeling and experimental analyses at various length scales.

    A micromechanical model provides the opportunity to predict poroelastic properties of softwood andhardwood tissues at different hierarchical levels from microstructural and compositional data [1,2]. Thehierarchical organization of wood is mathematically represented in a multiscale model. Effective poroelasticproperties are predicted by means of continuum micromechanical approaches (self-consistent method andMori-Tanaka method), the unit cell method, and laminate theory. These approaches are extended to accountfor water-induced eigenstresses within representative volume elements and repetitive unit cells, which aresubsequently upscaled to the macroscopic wood level.

    Verification of the micromechanical model for softwood and hardwood with a comprehensive experimentaldataset, shows that it suitably predicts elastic properties at different length scales under the assumption ofundrained conditions [3,4]. Moreover, Biot tensors, expressing how much of the cell wall water-induced porepressure is transferred to the boundary of an overall deformation-free representative volume element (RVE),and Biot moduli, expressing the porosity changes invoked by a pore pressure within such an RVE can bestudied at different length scales. Consequently, the relevance and the contribution of specificmicrostructural characteristics to the load transfer and the deformation characteristics in case of moisturechanges in wood can be studied. Besides the scientific interest in structure-function-relationships, theseinvestigations are motivated by the growing importance of wood as building material.

  • 36.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    de Borst, Karin
    University of Glasgow, UK.
    Shear stiffness and its relation to the microstructure of 10 European and tropical hardwood species2017In: Wood Material Science & Engineering, ISSN 1748-0272, E-ISSN 1748-0280, Vol. 12, no 2, 82-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, shear stiffness properties of 10 different hardwood species and their relation to the corresponding species-specific microstructure are investigated. For this purpose, shear stiffness of 10 different hardwood species is experimentally measured by means of ultrasonic testing. In addition, a micromechanical model for hardwood is applied in order to illustrate the influence of certain microstructural characteristics such as mass density and volume fractions of vessels and ray cells on the shear stiffness. Comprehensive microstructural and mechanical data from previous investigations of the same hardwood material support the interpretation of the microstructure–shear stiffness relationships. Mass density was confirmed to be the dominant microstructural characteristic for shear stiffness. Also, ultrasound shear wave propagation velocity increases with density, particularly in the radial-tangential (RT) plane. In addition to density, comparably higher shear stiffness GLR can be explained by comparably higher ray content and lower vessel content. As for GLT, a ring porous structure seems to lead to higher shear stiffness as compared to a diffuse porous structure. For this shear stiffness, vessel and ray content were found to have a less impact. Also, the rolling shear stiffness GRT was found to be higher for a diffuse porous structure than for a ring porous one. Moreover, the data supports that ray cells act as reinforcements in the RT plane and lead to higher GRT

  • 37. Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Technische Universität, Austria.
    Pilzabbau von Holz: Quantifizierung des Steifigkeitsverlusts auf Basis von mikromechanischen Überlegungen2010In: Wiener Holzschutztage 2010: 25. - 26. November 2010, Wien, Wien: Wiener Holzschutztage , 2010, Vol. 28, 50-55 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [de]

    Pilzbefall bewirkt eine Zersetzung des Materials durch Mikroorganismen und damit unweigerlich auch eine Veränderung des mechanischen Verhaltens von Holz. Die Auswirkung der mikrostrukturellen Änderungen auf makroskopisch beobachtbare mechanische Materialkennwerte wie Steifigkeit und Festigkeit lassen sich mittels Mehrskalenmodellierung abschätzen und quantifizieren. Die Eignung solcher Mehrskalenmodelle als Prognosewerkzeuge für Dauerhaftigkeitsbetrachtungen wurde im WoodWisdom-Netzwerk „WoodExter“ im Rahmen eines umfangreichen Testprogramms untersucht. Es wurde dabei sowohl ein Braunfäule verursachender Pilz (Gloephyllum trabeum) als auch ein Weißfäule verursachender Pilz (Trametes versicolor) verwendet. Die Vorgehensweise sowie die gewonnenen Einblicke und Erkenntnisse sind in diesem Beitrag zusammengefasst. Nach einer Kurzbeschreibung der hierarchischen Struktur von Holz und deren Modifikation durch Pilze folgt ein Abriss über die verwendeten Verfahren der Mehrskalenmodellierung. Der Schwerpunkt liegt in der Präsentation der Ergebnisse sowie der experimentellen Validierung des Modells durch Vergleich von Messwerten mit zugehörigen Modellvorhersagen. Schließlich werden im Ausblick mögliche Anwendungen der Modellierung skizziert. 

  • 38.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Alfredsen, Gry
    Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Norway.
    Bollmus, Susanne
    Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany.
    Microstructure and stiffness of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L) sapwood degraded by Gloeophyllum trabeum and Trametes versicolor Part I: Changes in chemical composition, density and equilibrium moisture content2012In: Holzforschung, ISSN 0018-3830, E-ISSN 1437-434X, Vol. 66, no 2, 191-198 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fungal degradation alters the microstructure of wood and its physical and chemical properties are also changed. While these changes are well investigated as a function of mass loss, mass density loss and changes in equilibrium moisture content are not well elucidated. The physical and chemical alterations are crucial when linking microstructural characteristics with macroscopic mechanical properties. In the present article, a consistent set of physical, chemical and mechanical characteristics is presented, which were measured on the same sample before and after fungal degradation. In the first part of this two-part contribution, elucidating microstructure/stiffness-relationships of degraded wood, changes in physical and chemical data are presented, which were collected from specimens of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) sapwood degraded by Gloeophyllum trabeum (brown rot) and Trametes versicolor (white rot) for up to 28 weeks degradation time. A comparison of mass loss with corresponding mass density loss demonstrated that mass loss entails two effects: firstly, a decrease in sample size (more pronounced for G. trabeum), and secondly, a decrease of mass density within the sample (more pronounced for T. versicolor). These two concurrent effects are interrelated with sample size and shape. Hemicelluloses and cellulose are degraded by G. trabeum, while T. versicolor was additionally able to degrade lignin. In particular because of the breakdown of hemicelluloses and paracrystalline parts of cellulose, the equilibrium moisture content of degraded samples is lower than that in the initial state.

  • 39.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Alfredsen, Gry
    Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Norway.
    Bollmus, Susanne
    Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany.
    Changes in microstructure and stiffness of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L) sapwood degraded by Gloeophyllum trabeum and Trametes versicolor Part II: Anisotropic stiffness properties2012In: Holzforschung, ISSN 0018-3830, E-ISSN 1437-434X, Vol. 66, no 2, 199-206 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fungal decay considerably affects the macroscopic mechanical properties of wood as a result of modifications and degradations in its microscopic structure. While effects on mechanical properties related to the stem direction are fairly well understood, effects on radial and tangential directions (transverse properties) are less well investigated. In the present study, changes of longitudinal elastic moduli and stiffness data in all anatomical directions of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) sapwood which was degraded by Gloeophyllum trabeum (brown rot) and Trametes versicolor (white rot) for up to 28 weeks have been investigated. Transverse properties were found to be much more deteriorated than the longitudinal ones. This is because of the degradation of the polymer matrix between the cellulose microfibrils, which has a strong effect on transverse stiffness. Longitudinal stiffness, on the other hand, is mainly governed by cellulose microfibrils, which are more stable agains fungal decay. G. trabeum (more active in earlywood) strongly weakens radial stiffness, whereas T. versicolor (more active in latewood) strongly reduces tangential stiffness. The data in terms of radial and tangential stiffnesses, as well as the corresponding anisotropy ratios, seem to be suitable as durability indicators of wood and even allow conclusions to be made on the degradation mechanisms of fungi.

  • 40.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Keunecke, Daniel
    ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
    Microstructure–Stiffness Relationships of Common Yew and Norway Spruce2012In: Strain, ISSN 0039-2103, E-ISSN 1475-1305, Vol. 48, no 4, 306-316 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Yew (Taxus baccata L.) exhibits among conifers a unique macroscopic elastic behaviour. For example, it shows a comparatively low longitudinal elastic modulus related to its comparatively high density. We herein explore the microstructural origin of these peculiarities, aiming at the derivation of microstructure–stiffness relationships. We measure stiffness properties of yew at different hierarchical levels and compare them to corresponding stiffnesses of Norway spruce (Picea abies [L.] Karsten). Cell wall stiffness is investigated experimentally by means of nanoindentation in combination with microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. On the macroscopic level, we perform uniaxial tension and ultrasonic tests. Having at hand, together with previously reported stiffnesses, a consistent data set of mechanical, chemical and physical properties across hierarchical levels of wood, we discuss influences of microstructural characteristics at different scales of observation. Moreover, a micromechanical model is applied to predict trends of effects of the microstructure on the investigated stiffness properties. On the cell wall level, particularly, the amount of cellulose and its orientation – which was earlier reported to be distinctly different for yew and spruce – result in differences between the two considered species. On the macroscopic scale, model predicted effects of the annual ring structure on transverse stiffness and shear stiffness are found to be smaller than effects of the microfibril angle and mass density.

  • 41.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hellmich, Christian
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Multiscale Microporomechanics of Softwood: Applications and Experimental Model Validation2010In: IV European Conference on Computational Mechanics (ECCM 2010), Paris, France: European Community on Computional Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS), 2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hellmich, Christian
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    The poroelastic role of water in cell walls of the hierarchical composite “softwood”2010In: Acta Mechanica, ISSN 0001-5970, E-ISSN 1619-6937, Vol. 217, no 1, 75-100 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wood is an anisotropic, hierarchically organized material, and the question how the hierarchical organization governs the anisotropy of its mechanical properties (such as stiffness and strength) has kept researchers busy for decades. While the honeycomb structure of softwood or the chemical composition of the cell wall has been fairly well established, the mechanical role of the cell wall water is less understood. The question arises how its capability to carry compressive loads (but not tensile loads) and its pressurization state affect mechanical deformations of the hierarchical composite “wood”. By extending the framework of poro-micromechanics to more than two material phases, we here provide corresponding answers from a novel hierarchical set of matrix-inclusion problems with eigenstresses: (i) Biot tensors, expressing how much of the cell wall water-induced pore pressure is transferred to the boundary of an overall deformation-free representative volume element (RVE), and (ii) Biot moduli, expressing the porosity changes invoked by a pore pressure within such an RVE, are reported as functions of the material’s composition, in particular of its water content and its lumen space. At the level of softwood, where we transform a periodic homogenization scheme into an equivalent matrix-inclusion problem, all Biot tensor components are found to increase with decreasing lumen volume fraction. A further research finding concerns the strong anisotropy of the Biot tensor with respect to the water content: Transverse components increase with increasing water content, while the relationship “longitudinal Biot tensor component versus volume fraction of water within the wood cell wall” exhibits a maximum, representing a trade-off between pore pressure increase (increasing the longitudinal Biot tensor component, dominantly at low water content) and softening of the cell wall (reducing this component, dominantly at high water contents). Soft cell wall matrices reinforced with very stiff cellulose fibers may even result in negative longitudinal Biot tensor components. The aforementioned maximum effect is also noted for the Biot modulus.

  • 43.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hellmich, Christian
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Poromechanical scale transitions of failure stresses in wood: from the lignin to the spruce level2010In: Zeitschrift für angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik, ISSN 0044-2267, E-ISSN 1521-4001, Vol. 90, no 10-11, 750-767 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wood strength is highly anisotropic, due to the inherent structural hierarchy of the material. In the framework of a combined random-periodic multiscale poro-micromechanics model, we here translate compositional information throughout this hierarchy into the resulting anisotropic strength at the softwood level, based on “universal” elastic properties of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, and on the shear strength of the latter elementary constituent. Relating, through elastic energy-derived higher-order strains in a poromechanical representative volume element, the (quasi-)brittle failure of lignin to overall softwood failure, results in a macroscopic microstructure-dependent failure criterion for softwood. The latter satisfactorily predicts the biaxial strength of spruce at various loading angles with respect to the grain direction. The model also predicts the experimentally well-established fact that uniaxial tensile and compressive strengths, as well as the shear strength of softwood, depend quasi-linearly on the cell water content, but highly nonlinearly on the lumen porosity.

  • 44.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hellmich, Christian
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    From lignin to spruce: Poromechanical upscaling of wood strength2011In: 2010 MRS Fall Meeting: Symposium V/NN/OO/PP – Soft Matter, Biological Materials and Biomedical Materials—Synthesis, Characterization and Applications / [ed] A.J. Nolte, K. Shiba, R. Narayan, D. Nolte, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, USA: Materials Research Society, 2011, Vol. 1301, 75-80 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Wood strength is highly anisotropic, due to the inherent structural hierarchy of the material. In the framework of a combined random-periodic multiscale poro-micromechanics model, we here translate compositional information throughout this hierarchy into the resulting anisotropic strength at the softwood level, based on “universal” elastic properties of cellulose, hemicelluloses, and lignin, and on the shear strength of the latter elementary constituent. Therefore, derivation of the elastic energy in a piece (representative volume element – RVE) of softwood, stemming from homogeneous macroscopic strains prescribed in terms of displacements at the boundary of the RVE and from pressure exerted by water filling the nanoporous space between the hemicelluloses-lignin network within the cell walls, with respect to the shear stiffness of lignin, yields higher order strains in the lignin phase, approximating micro-stress peaks leading to local lignin failure. Relating this (quasi-brittle) failure to overall softwood failure (or strictly speaking, elastic limit of softwood) results in a macroscopic microstructure-dependent failure criterion for softwood. The latter satisfactorily predicts the biaxial strength of spruce at various loading angles with respect to the grain direction. The model also predicts the experimentally well-established fact that uniaxial tensile and compressive strengths, as well as the shear strength of wood, depend quasi-linearly on the cell water content, but highly nonlinearly on the lumen porosity. 

  • 45.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hellmich, Christian
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Homogenization and Localization in a Multiscale Microporomechanical Model for Wood Strength2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hellmich, Christian
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    On the Relevance of Lignin Failure for Softwood Strength: a Poromicromechanical Approach2011In: XI International Conference on Computational Plasticity - Fundamentals and Applications, Barcelona: International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Hellmich, Christian
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Multiscale Microporomechanics Model for Estimation of Elastic Limit States of Softwood Materials2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Wikete, Christoph
    de Borst, Karin
    Elastic Properties of Hardwood at Different Length Scales Predicted by Means of a Micromechanical Model2012In: Proceedings of the 6th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering (ECCOMAS 2012), Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, Vienna, Austria, 2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Bader, Thomas K.
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
    Wikete, Christoph
    Jäger, Andreas
    Hofstetter, Karin
    Eberhardsteiner, Josef
    Mechanical Properties and Microstructural Characteristics of Hardwood2010In: COST Action FP 0802 Workshop: Wood Structure/Function-Relationships, 5-8 October, 2010, Hamburg, Germany, Hamburg, Germany, 2010, 61- p.Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Bagaoisan, Guts Nacino
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Kalmar Maritime Academy.
    Johansson, Emil
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Kalmar Maritime Academy.
    Plats för plast; ger det mer last?: En fallstudie om byte från stålrör till glasfiberförstärkt plaströr (GRE) ombord på M/T Ekfjord2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This diploma thesis examines whether a change of cargo and ballast piping from steel to glass reinforced epoxy pipes (GRE-­pipes) on the tanker M/T Ekfjord could result in a measurable weight reduction and therefore a lighter displacement. This thesis also examined if this weight loss may contribute to a lower fuel consumption.

    Data regarding the regulations of steel and plastic piping onboard ships was studied; both the classification society’s (DNV GL) and IMO’s rules and recommendations.

    Future Pipe Industries and Favuseal AS, suppliers of GRE-­pipes and PFP (passive fire protection) for fiberglass piping systems were contacted. They provided the information regarding weight and dimensions for GRE-­pipes and which of their products complies with IMO’s and DNV GL’s regulations.

    Using the original drawings and pipe list from M/T Ekfjord, dimensions and weight calculations were performed for cargo and ballast pipes. With calculations done for both the original and the GRE-­pipes, we were able to identify the weight being saved.

    This thesis concludes that the change from steel to GRE piping system results in a weight reduction of 33.79 metric tons. This weight reduction has no major impact on the overall fuel consumption, however the weight saved can be replaced with cargo if space is available in the cargo tanks.

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