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Nature Article :Wood, Stronger than Steel, Titanium, Wood boiling and press to 1/5 makes it

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Mustafa Umut Sa, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Mustafa Umut Sa

    Mustafa Umut Sa

    Oct 20, 2007

    Nature published a new article on making every wood piece stronger than HSS steel , titanium and carbon.

    Its about boiling and pressing to 1/5 to crash vains in to nanofiber.

    Bullet cant penetrate it.
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Might make good fretless boards...
  3. I saw something along these lines in my news feed. Thought the same thing, it being applicable for fretboards.
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  4. GMC


    Jan 1, 2006
    I'm guessing it would sand well...but maybe not plane or chisel well.
  5. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    That's cool and all, but what they are doing overall is compressing the wood fibers into tight bundles. Many more fibers per cross-sectional square inch. That gives it much higher tensile strength, and to some degree, compressive strength. But it doesn't necessarily make it harder or more wear-resistant. Fingerboards right now have plenty of tensile strength. Our complaint is wear-resistance. Steel strings wear grooves in the wood.

    To stop the strings from wearing grooves, the fingerboard material has to have a higher hardness than steel. The strength doesn't really matter. To get a hardness higher than steel, you need a hardened steel alloy. There are a few other metal alloys which can be hardened up to a sufficient level. And there are ceramics. Not much else.
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  6. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    NW Mass/SW VT
    Nah, you just need to experience the joy of tapewounds. Then the fingerboard only needs to be harder than nylon, and you might need new strings every 2-3 decades.
    Less noise and easier on the fingers too.:woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot::woot:
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