Thursday, September 2, 2010

Paper as Strong as Iron

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Researchers at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology have developed a method of producing paper from wood cellulose that preserves the natural strength of its fibers. The normal mechanical processing of wood pulp in papermaking damages its tiny cellulose fibers and greatly reduces their strength.

But the Swedish team succeeded in breaking down the pulp with enzymes and then gently separating its cellulose fibers in water, using a mechanical beater. When the undamaged fibers are drained, they bond into networks, producing sheets of paper with a yield strength greater than cast iron and almost as great as structural steel.

5 comments:

Don E. Chute said...

What about Hemp?

PLU!

ardi chris said...

Nice article bro ... i want to re-post in my blog ... thx

Michelle said...

Fascinating! I wish we could find a cure for cancer with everything else we can do.
Have a fantastic weekend!

Francis R. Barbour said...

I'm sure that this new technology will be worth a goldmine in Japan! Think about it, paper house capable of standing up to a full blown typhoon.... Incredible!

Of course, here in the United States the term "Paper Jamb" will take on a far more ominous note at the office! I can see the IT guys pulling out the cutting torches every time the copier screws up....

Der Alte said...

Blog walking. - I wish you a beautiful week. Friendly greeting from Hungary.

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