Fargo, North Dakota -- Research underway by a team of scientists and engineers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, and the private sector could result in products to meet market demand for "green" composite building materials, said a 16 May announcement from the institution.
A two-year $200 000 grant from the North Dakota Renewable Energy Council will part-fund a project on, "Biobased non-isocyanate urethane hybrid resins for pultrusion composites."
NDSU is collaborating with Tecton Products llc, also of Fargo, on the research.
The interdisciplinary research team will develop new types of bio-based binder resins for glass fibre-based composites, using agricultural products such as soyabean oil, cellulose, and sugar.
A series of candidate resins will be prepared and tested in composites. NDSU and Tecton will collaborate to scale-up the most promising resin systems for testing in a production environment.
"This type of material could be used in building products to meet a growing demand for 'green' composite materials," said Chad Ulven, assistant professor, NDSU Department of Mechanical Engineering.