Social, economic and environmental dividends out of eliminating global deforestation and a fifth of climate change gases


As the World squabbles over who should or how to bear the unbearable costs of climate change reversal, this non-profit engineering R&D institute and public charity has come up with a profitable engineering solution to stop and reverse global deforestation.  This would cancel out 19% of global warming gases and create a forest-based sustainable economic sector that could also fund other climate change endeavors.  Although nobody has ever dared to challenge us intellectually or publically, we do not have the ivory tower and the loud voice to shout out our message.


By adding value to a most abundant, renewable but largely wasted natural resource, wealth is created.  This resource is small diameter timber (SDT) which represents over 90% of all wood fiber in nature.


The LPSA (light prestressed segmented arch) spans the intellectual gap between pre-computer (strength-of-materials) linear theory and modern advances in non-linear continuum and computational mechanics.  It is an application of PhD research work by this Institute’s founder, Ibrahim Al-Khattat, at Stanford University.


A simple slide-fit jointing mechanism replaces current carpentry-based jointing procedures.  Result is low-cost, low-tech mass utilization of SDT as a superior alternative to commercial mature timber. Humanity may then stop destroying the forests and their irreplaceable ecosystems—profitably. End products are bridge and building structures inherently resistant to the actions of earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding.












These pictures depict the engineering solution of the SDT jointing and analysis problem  through a combination of elementary physics and advanced non-linear continuum and computational mechanics.

A 3-year old volunteer (above, left and center) slide-fits a SDT post into a prototype bridge connector socket.  A 20m LPSA bridge (above, right) assembled by school children in Iowa, USA.  In both cases, a tensioning system converts the assembly into a very durable structure that is amenable to advanced analysis and performance prediction.  SDT ends are not damaged by slicing or bolting as in traditional embedding methods.

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online since: Jan 22, 1997

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Some LPSA Awards Inc. wins the Sustainable Technology Category Award in the Global “Create the Future Design Contest” (52 countries) for: Sustainable, Durable Bridges of the Future for outstanding design & engineering innovation.

The LPSA project wins First Invention Prize fin the UK for a small business in the National Toshiba/Design Council Invention Competition.