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Researchers develop recycling for carbon fiber composites

carbon fiber composite PULLMAN, Wash. – A WSU research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry. » More …

New Paccar building houses five green-tech labs

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By Adrian MacDonald, LMN Architects

PULLMAN, Wash. – Wood-framed skyscrapers, resistant to fire and earthquakes and made from locally harvested wood, may someday dot the skylines of North American cities. A new building at Washington State University is already leading the charge. » More …

Industry/university bioplastics research center a first

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

bioplastics-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – “Plastics… There’s a great future in plastics.” That line from the 1967 movie, “The Graduate,” could be revised to say that the future is now in bioplastics. » More …

WSU’s research story comes out of the woodwork at new visitor center

visitor-center-80By Alyssa Patrick, College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – As you walk through the new WSU visitor center, slow down and notice the wood around you. Natural blue staining on a bench shows how a Northwest pine tree lost its battle with troublesome beetles. Criss-crossed wood flakes span a wall-length wine display, making better use of timber resources. » More …

WSU sponsors Wood Composites Symposium

Seattle, Wash.- Green construction, sustainable development, wood composite panels and squeezing the most out of fiber resources at biorefineries are among the topics featured at the 41st International Wood Composites Symposium March 26 – 28 at the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle.Engineers and scientists from around the globe are gathering beginning today for the 41st annual conference, which is sponsored by the Washington State University Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory. A full conference agenda is posted at www.woodsymposium.wsu.edu.“Creating Value from Our Forest Resources” will be the topic of keynote speaker Murray Sturgeon, managing director of Nelson Pine Industries in New … » More …