Simpson Strong-Tie Building Connections Symposium: October 5th in Pullman, WA

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Students are invited to join Simpson Strong-Tie engineers and field specialists for a day of building connections where they will learn how structural connectors and pre-engineered building components help structures perform safely to resist natural hazards such as high winds and earthquakes.

The Building Connections Symposium will be held Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, 2nd Floor – Town Square, on the WSU Pullman campus. This year’s theme is Modular Construction. The event will include hands-on activities and opportunities to interact with the experts from Simpson Strong-Tie:

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Unfurling The Waste Problem Caused By Wind Energy

Karl Englund Portrait

While most of a turbine can be recycled or find a second life on another wind farm, researchers estimate the U.S. will have more than 720,000 tons of blade material to dispose of over the next 20 years, a figure that doesn’t include newer, taller higher-capacity versions.

Composite Materials’ researcher Karl Englund is working to find ways to recycle wind turbine blades into various goods, including decking materials, pallets and piping. [read more]

Simpson Strong-Tie awards Masters degree fellowship to Madison Broers

Mandy Broers Portrait

Simpson Strong-Tie has awarded undergraduate scholarships to students in the design disciplines for over twenty years. In recognition of the importance of the Masters degree for civil engineering students, Simpson Strong-Tie is awarding their first graduate fellowship to Ms. Madison Broers, an MS civil engineering student at Washington State University. Madison’s academic record is outstanding, along with excellent professional and leadership experiences. Madison is researching the effects of dynamic amplification of occupant loads on floor structures.

20 Years for Scott Lewis!

Don Bender and Scott Lewis

CMEC’s Associate in Research Scott Lewis has completed 20 years of dedicated service at Washington State University. His work with CMEC has been performed with professionalism, positive attitude and good humor.
Congratulations, Scott!

2019 Wood Innovation Grant Awards select WSU For CLT Research

MAY 7, 2019 – Public–private partnerships spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service create jobs, support fire-safe communities, restore healthy forest conditions, and spur environmentally sound innovation. Today, the Forest Service awarded over $8.9 million through the Wood Innovations Grant program. Thirty-nine business, university, nonprofit and tribal partners in 20 states are matching the grants with an additional $8.8 million.
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Global Fiberglass Solutions, in Collaboration with Washington State University, Creates Chemical Recycling Solution for Carbon Fiber Composites

A WSU research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry. In their project, Jinwen Zhang, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering & Composite Materials and Engineering Center, and his team developed new chemical recycling methods that used mild acids as catalysts in ethanol, mixed ethanol/water or water alone at a relatively low temperature to break down the thermosets.
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WSU turning recycled carbon fiber into green building materials

Researchers processing Cross Laminated Timber

Washington State University researchers are working with a Port Angeles nonprofit organization to develop new housing materials from heat‑treated wood and recycled carbon fiber used in Boeing airplanes. Researchers from WSU’s Composite Materials and Engineering Center (CMEC) are assisting the Composites Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) in Port Angeles to produce construction‑grade cross‑laminated timber (CLT).
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Spinning millions of tons of ‘wasted’ textiles to new life

Hang Liu working in lab

“More than 13 million tons of textiles go to waste every year in the United States,” said Hang Liu, assistant professor in WSU’s Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles. “In Washington’s King County alone, 40,000 tons of textile waste that ended up in landfills in 2015.

“The textile industry is eager to put that waste back into use,” she added. Manufacturers are actively seeking sustainable practices that keep materials in use as long as possible, and find new value for them once they’ve been used.

Partnering with Ting Chi, associate professor in AMDT, and Jinwen Zhang, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Liu this fall … » More …