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#4476194 - 08/01/17 05:50 AM Transparent wood...I really like this idea.
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http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article96252872.html

Personally been messing around with making silicates and "stone" wood on and off for ages (between experimenting with roman concrete and geopolymers from flyash).

So reckon that transparent wood, coupled with waterglass would make a good result...

https://archive.org/details/practicaltreatis00feuc

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#4476195 - 08/01/17 05:52 AM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: Shannow]
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#4476203 - 08/01/17 06:04 AM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: Shannow]
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Neat idea but I wish that there were more Americans in those American universities doing that research.
This is the professor who brought over a half dozen Chinese national graduate students to the University of Maryland do this research. http://www.umerc.umd.edu/faculty/hu
I'm sure that he thoroughly vetted all possible other options and was left with no choice.
Ha, and water is wet, right?
Seen this happen everywhere, and its in all of the universities. When I worked with Princeton University's Mech. and Aero Engineering department, that's all I saw. Professors of any given flavor recruiting exclusively from within their genetic subclade to do graduate student and PhD research.
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#4476244 - 08/01/17 07:27 AM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: Shannow]
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Interesting stuff but I am waiting for transparent aluminum.
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#4476248 - 08/01/17 07:31 AM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: Shannow]
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Boston has had a couple apartment buildings under construction catch fire and burn. Engineered wood catches fire and burns quicker than solid wood framing. Is see through wood more/less flammable than "real" wood. If it burns ,is the smoke toxic?
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#4476257 - 08/01/17 07:54 AM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: andyd]
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Originally Posted By: andyd
Boston has had a couple apartment buildings under construction catch fire and burn. Engineered wood catches fire and burns quicker than solid wood framing. Is see through wood more/less flammable than "real" wood. If it burns ,is the smoke toxic?

At this point it's so doped up with chemicals that who knows what it would do when exposed to open flame. Probably wouldn't be very pleasant to smell its fumes.
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#4476268 - 08/01/17 08:12 AM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: PimTac]
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Originally Posted By: PimTac
Interesting stuff but I am waiting for transparent aluminum.


Commander Montgomery Scott has yet to travel back in time and reveal the formula...
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#4476279 - 08/01/17 08:37 AM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: Astro14]
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Originally Posted By: Astro14
Originally Posted By: PimTac
Interesting stuff but I am waiting for transparent aluminum.


Commander Montgomery Scott has yet to travel back in time and reveal the formula...



You beat me to it!!
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#4476282 - 08/01/17 08:41 AM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: Shannow]
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Originally Posted By: Shannow
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article96252872.html

Personally been messing around with making silicates and "stone" wood on and off for ages (between experimenting with roman concrete and geopolymers from flyash).

So reckon that transparent wood, coupled with waterglass would make a good result...

https://archive.org/details/practicaltreatis00feuc



Interesting about your experiments. Assuming they are hobby experiments and aren't proprietary, do you have them recorded on a blog or website somewhere? Thanks.


Edited by Langanobob (08/01/17 08:50 AM)

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#4476310 - 08/01/17 09:09 AM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: Astro14]
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Originally Posted By: Astro14
Originally Posted By: PimTac
Interesting stuff but I am waiting for transparent aluminum.

Commander Montgomery Scott has yet to travel back in time and reveal the formula...


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#4476431 - 08/01/17 11:32 AM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: Bottom_Feeder]
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Play with "petrifying" wood all you want. Don't you think we can do plastic wood already?

Just use steel studs etc. and modernize the building trades.

Fear not, the average working man can learn 3 or 4 new materials and the same number of techniques or tools.

The beer drinking slobs delaying adoption of new stuff are the ones who should step aside.

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#4476471 - 08/01/17 12:20 PM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: Kira]
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Originally Posted By: Kira
Play with "petrifying" wood all you want. Don't you think we can do plastic wood already?

Just use steel studs etc. and modernize the building trades.


Its happen'n, man: "Mass Timber".......not quite plastic wood, though.
https://www.bdcnetwork.com/mass-timber-what-heck-wow


Sorry for the thread derail.......

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#4476518 - 08/01/17 01:14 PM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: Astro14]
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Registered: 12/24/13
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Originally Posted By: Astro14
Originally Posted By: PimTac
Interesting stuff but I am waiting for transparent aluminum.


Commander Montgomery Scott has yet to travel back in time and reveal the formula...



But how do we know he didn't invent the thing?
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#4476661 - 08/01/17 03:39 PM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: andyd]
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Originally Posted By: andyd
Boston has had a couple apartment buildings under construction catch fire and burn. Engineered wood catches fire and burns quicker than solid wood framing. Is see through wood more/less flammable than "real" wood. If it burns ,is the smoke toxic?


Hasn't waterglass (sodium silicate) been used for fireproofing in the past ?
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#4476691 - 08/01/17 04:14 PM Re: Transparent wood...I really like this idea. [Re: doitmyself]
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Registered: 12/12/02
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Originally Posted By: doitmyself
Originally Posted By: Kira
Play with "petrifying" wood all you want. Don't you think we can do plastic wood already?

Just use steel studs etc. and modernize the building trades.


Its happen'n, man: "Mass Timber".......not quite plastic wood, though.
https://www.bdcnetwork.com/mass-timber-what-heck-wow


Sorry for the thread derail.......


It's not a derail, it's my thread and I appreciate the diversion...

LendLease are building the world's largest (Probably WAS the largest, would have been overtaken for sure)

http://www.afr.com/real-estate/worlds-tallest-timber-office-tower-for-brisbane-20170208-gu8679

Good TED talk on wooden skyscrapers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIQyvP7W2ek

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