The scaffolding of the future
Three of the most common types of scaffolding are made from metal and plastic.
But some are made entirely of wood.
And the new metal-on-wood-on-(wood) scaffolding that’s being tested at the University of Texas at Austin is using a type of wood that’s only about 40 percent as common as that material.
The Wood and Metal Group is a consortium of scientists and engineers at UT Austin and the University at Buffalo, and they’re trying to find out what that means for the future of scaffolds and other structures.
Here’s a look at some of the more interesting findings from their recent test of the Wood and Wood Metal Group’s new wood scaffolding: What it is and why it matters The Wood & Metal Group (W&MG) is an engineering collaboration led by Professor Chris Johnson of the University Buffalo.
He’s a professor of materials science and engineering and an associate dean of the College of Engineering at UT-Austin.
“There are many different materials that are available, but we’re really interested in materials that have properties that can be more stable,” Johnson told ABC News.
“If you can create a material that’s more stable, that will give you a longer life span, you can use it in a lot of different applications, such as bridges or other materials that you might need for building materials.”
What’s a scaffold?
A scaffold is a structure that supports a structure by supporting it from above, Johnson said.
“The material that you use for the scaffolding is what you call the top layer.
And then the top layers that you build on top of the top are called the lower layers.”
The material the W&MG is using is called wood and the researchers are hoping it will be used to make scaffolding for construction and other projects.
Wood is a tough material to work with because of its relatively thinness.
And when it comes to using it in structures, the wood is usually made from two kinds of wood — maple and maple resin.
“We can’t just use the same materials we use in building, so we need to take them apart and make them to see how they’re different,” Johnson said, adding that “we can’t simply use the exact same material.
You need to be able to make the different pieces that are different.”
That’s the reason the Wood & Wood Metal group is trying to figure out how to make wood scaffolds out of two different materials.
The first part of the process involves removing the wood from a piece of wood to make a scaffolding.
Then, the researchers remove the material from the uppermost layer and place it in an aluminum alloy called balsa wood.
“It’s a material where there’s a lot more of an aluminum backbone, but it’s still a fairly flexible material,” Johnson explained.
The second part of that process involves melting the material to create a composite.
The composite is then wrapped around a wooden base to hold the whole structure in place.
This composite also allows the scaffold to be stronger, but is also lighter, which is a big advantage for smaller projects.
What the researchers learned from their testing The W&&MG’s new scaffolding material was made of two types of wood: maple and balsa.
The researchers noticed that the wood they used for the project was very dense.
The material’s stiffness was higher than other types of metal scaffolding they tested, Johnson explained, because it was very lightweight and strong.
The materials’ flexibility is also high because they’re relatively thin.
“When you use something like this, you want to be careful not to get it bent,” Johnson added.
The team is currently working with other engineers to see if the materials can be combined into one composite, which could improve their strength and stability.
How the scaffolds work The Wood&Metal scaffolding consists of two pieces: a base, which holds the base of the scaffolder, and a top layer, which supports the top of a scaffolded structure.
The base and top layers are attached to each other using a plastic base and a wood base.
Johnson said they have a prototype that’s going to be in the lab in about a month, and it’s already showing signs of improvement.
“Right now, the material is in a good condition,” he said.
Johnson also said that the materials used in the tests are fairly new, so there’s still plenty of work to be done before they can be used in real projects.
“These are just early tests, but the material looks pretty promising,” Johnson concluded.
“They’re doing tests in their lab now and it looks promising.
We’ll be in a better position in the next couple of months to see whether this material can be really useful for a real project.”
What other materials are in the pipeline?
The W &MG is planning on using balsa-wood for their next project.
The balsa Wood composite has a structural strength that’s similar to that of the aluminum