Here is a unique and unchallengeable engineering solution to stop, and even reverse, global deforestation. In a World where combating climate change is inhibited by unbearable socio-economic costs, this solution enhances socio-economic development. By adding value to a most abundant, renewable but largely wasted natural resource, environmentally sustainable 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) is a breakthrough technology. It spans the intellectual gap between pre-computer linear theory in timber engineering 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 method replaces all futile 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. End products are bridge and building structures inherently resistant to the actions of earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding.
The following are the carpentry techniques for SDT jointing used by the world’s experts. They render impossible any meaningful engineering analysis:
All of the following expert entities are aware of the LPSA technology. None of them has been able to challenge it, so they simply ignore it. Their own carpentry solutions (below) are devoid of any engineering analysis element or commercial viability. Their attitude is NOT excusable.
1. A European-funded consortium from: Austria, Finland, France, the Netherlands and UK. Their final report (1999) is at: www.vtt.fi/inf/pdf/publications/1999/P383.pdf
2. The Forest Products Laboratory, USA. See: www.fpl.fs.fed.us/research/units/fpmu/small_diameter_roundwood.shtml
3. TRADA, UK (Timber R&D Association): www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/crwoodproducts27.pdf/$FILE/crwoodproducts27.pdf
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