Fresh Press Fiber Research

This research uses crop residue pulp (corn, soy, rye, miscanthus and prairie grasses, etc.) in three-dimensional forms. It investigates the mechanical strength and density of the three-dimensional forms to study and the intrinsic agri-fiber properties to establish a processing-structure-property relationship. The research also studies the consequent potential applications of each variety of fiber in the third dimension, and how the results can influence and improve further research into crop residue and also enhance existing course projects in design, architecture, and engineering.

Funding: $14,522.00

  • Date 2017-present

Compressed fiber samples: Rye, Hemp, Hemp (Na3CO2), Corn, Corn (Na3CO2)

Rye sheet data

Rye sheet under a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) at 5,000 magnification.

Rye cube data

Corn sheet data

Corn sheet under a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) at 5,000 magnification.

Corn cube data

Corn cube strength test (loaded)

Corn cube strength test (after)