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Professor Hee Joon Park Develops the First Noncombustible Wood in Korea 

국제교류부 (hqiof) 2012/04/05 14:51:17
Professor Hee Joon Park Develops the First Noncombustible Wood in Korea


A ‘noncombustible environmentally-friendly wood’ that can dramatically reduce casualties from fire accidents has been developed for the first time by Professor Hee Joon Park of the Department of Housing and Interior Design at CBNU, and is expected to be a big turning point in preventing fires, particularly in the winter.

Traditionally, wood can be treated to become non-flammable with a coat of flame-resistant varnish. This approach, however, has had drawbacks because it gets rid of the natural wood scent, obscures distinct wood grain patterns and textures, prevents temperature and humidity adjustment, and becomes unsuitable for proper disposal.

However, Prof. Park developed a way to insert a uniform resin (such as ammonium phosphate) into the wood and established a method of producing a truly semi-non-combustible wood. In the field test conducted recently on December 8th, in which two separate sets of wood were lit on fire for 20 minutes, the wood developed by Prof. Park didn’t burn at all, while the ordinary wood was dissolved completely, which proves the outstanding performance of Prof. Park’s invention.

The new invention preserves the smell, texture, ability to adjust to temperature and humidity, and natural colors and grains of wood without being susceptible to deformations, splits, contractions and expansions. This innovation is expected to have a sweeping impact in the wood construction field.

In particular, this wood can be used to a great extent for wooden houses and Korean-style(Hanok) houses that are made of hardwood, as well as for interior decorating materials that are particularly weak to fire. Having been patented and awarded ISO international certification (KS F ISO 5660-1, KS F 2271), CBNU struck a technology transfer agreement with Happy Home Wood Tech on December 27th for the production of environmentally-friendly, fire-resistant wood to commercialize Prof. Park’s research.

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