New wood-metal hybrid for lightweight construction

From an ecological standpoint, wood foams are ideal for a whole range of applications. Credit: Fraunhofer WKI

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Wood foam and metal sponge – can they be combined?

That was the question that experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI delved into in a project entitled "HoMe Foam" – with HoMe being a German acronym for wood-metal – together with scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM.

As a result, the contrasting materials come together in perfect harmony. The innovative new material mix boasts excellent insulating properties and has a low bending strength.

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Source: PHYS.ORG

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