The use of hemp-based bio-composites for outdoor structures is among the topics to be explored at the 13th annual European Industrial Hemp Association’s international conference June 1-2 in Germany.
Michael Verhoeckx, of the Avans University of Applied Sciences, Breda, Holland, will talk about design and construction projects for pedestrian and cycling bridges currently underway in The Netherlands.
“As far as we can tell, these will be the first bio-based bio-composite bridges made worldwide using only
natural fibers like hemp and flax combined with a bio-based resin,” Verhoeckx said. Application of natural fibers give biocomposites unique qualities, but also result in many design challenges, he noted.
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