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3D Engineered Panels from Laminated Paper Composites have Broad Potential

Photo of Tactical shelter door made using 3D engineered fiberboard made from laminated paper. John Hunt, USDA Forest ServiceTactical shelter door made using 3D engineered fiberboard made from laminated paper. John Hunt, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Forest Service researchers are studying the use of high-strength laminated paper composite material as a low-cost replacement for aluminum and synthetic fiber-based composite panels for a variety of applications. Through proper three-dimensional engineered placement and design, panels made from wood-based composite materials show high-strength potential, including water and limited fire-resistance. The researchers are studying the core geometry to improve performance through optimized multi-axis orientation and material alignment.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Hunt, John F. 
Research Location : Forest Products Laboratory
Research Station : Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 582

Summary

Forest Service researchers are studying the use of high-strength laminated paper composite material as a low-cost replacement for aluminum and synthetic fiber-based composite panels for a variety of applications. The research began as a response to the National Fire Plan to improve resource utilization through optimized placement and utilization of fibrous materials. Trial applications are currently underway with the Department of Defense. In one trial, the U.S. Army is testing the panels as a lower cost replacement for their tactical shelters. The shelters are currently made using high-cost aircraft aluminum and nomex honeycomb panel materials. Commercially available laminated composite paper material was used to produce a 3D-engineered fiberboard end-panel. In another trial, the U.S. Air Force is using the 3D engineered panels for a disposable pallet. Their current pallet design is made from aluminum skins and synthetic honeycomb core that cost about $2000 perpallet. Their goal is to develop a lower cost pallet using wood-based materials.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • U.S. Department of Defense (Army and Air Force)