CSMS researcher Dr. Chad Ulven, North Dakota State University professor of mechanical engineering, and MD Zahirul Islam, NDSU graduate student and CSMS researcher, are assessing flax-fiber reinforced biocomposites for potential application as replacements for traditional composites.
Ulven and Islam’s research is filling a gap in knowledge as they assess strengths and weaknesses of flax-reinforced biocomposites. Biocomposites are an environmentally-friendly and lower cost alternative to some materials using traditional composites such as non-degradable fiberglass and petrochemicals. With a variety of industries using biocomposites, the addition of flax fiber reinforced biocomposites would result in not only environmental benefits but also economic benefits. Flax production in the U.S. is primarily in North Dakota, with some production in Montana and South Dakota.
CSMS is funded by ND EPSCoR. ND EPSCoR funding is provided by the State of North Dakota and NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 (RII Track-1) Cooperative Agreement Award OIA-1355466.