Greenville Parking Lot Going High Tech

With use of microscopic wood

Patrick Gentry
December 10, 2018 - 10:45 am

A parking lot in South Carolina is being used to test a new type of concrete infused with microscopic particles of wood.

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities owns the parking lot in Greenville and is partnering with federal officials, Oregon State University and Purdue University to test the material.

In a process similar to papermaking, scientists reduce pieces of wood to nanoparticles more than 15,000 times smaller than the head of a pin. The tiny particles are then mixed into concrete.

The endowment says the wood nanoparticles should make concrete stronger. Early tests show a 15 percent gain in product strength.

The parking lot will be built later this month and tested side-by-side with a parking lot of regular concrete.

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