Grant supports research on cross-laminated timber

By Alexandria Osborne
Washington State University News
February 21, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Washington State University researchers have received a two-year grant to make more resilient and durable housing materials from thermally-modified cross laminated timber (CLT) and recycled carbon fiber. The researchers [are exploring] ways to use advanced thermally-modified CLT material in deployable structures, with a goal of extending its application to single- and two-story residential buildings. As part of the project, the researchers will analyze the structure and materials and evaluate the possibility of mass-producing these panels — a one-of-a-kind initiative in the Pacific Northwest. …One research partner, the Composite Recycling Technology Center in Port Angeles, has been developing advanced CLT timber that uses thermally modified western hemlock in its formulation. Thermal modification makes the wood more resistant to decay and increases its durability. They are working to strengthen the thermally modified wood by adding repurposed carbon fiber composites to the CLT panels. 

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