When it comes to automotive parts, you will definitely […]
When it comes to automotive parts, you will definitely think of a variety of metal products, but Japanese researchers are working on using wood pulp to create a powerful material that can replace the steel parts of a car in a decade. In addition to wooden car parts, they will develop plastics that can withstand high temperatures to replace the metal of the parts near the engine. These innovations will make the car lighter and more efficient.
Reducing car weight means that it consumes less fuel. The US Department of Energy says a 10% reduction in vehicle weight can increase fuel economy by 8%.
Know that wood has been used to build ships, houses and furniture for thousands of years. So researchers at Kyoto University in Japan say that a material made of wood pulp can be as strong as steel, but the weight is reduced by 80%. Japanese researchers chemically treat wood pulp, which consists of millions of cellulose (CNF) and uses it to blend into plastics. They say that mixing cellulose with plastic can create a powerful material that can be used to replace steel parts in automobiles.
“Non-performance components” (ie components other than engines, transmissions and wheels) can be mass produced from wood materials, but experts have also mentioned a serious problem, that is, component manufacturers may have difficulty keeping up with car production. pace. It is important to know that most auto parts are supplied on demand, and the timely supply of wood or organic materials is undoubtedly difficult to guarantee.