Artificial timber – an invention of Roy Research and Technology – is a wood substitute made from solid waste like fly ash, silica, bituminous tar sand, and bio-degradable cellulosic ash or waste material.
RRT’s artificial wood simulates the qualities of wood very closely, and yet, is more profitable because it is low-cost and does not harm the environment during production.It has a potentially vital role to play in the utilization of coal combustion products like fly-ash and bottom ash, which are by-products of thermal power plants and can be found throughout the world.
Artificial Timber that looks and feels like wood
Wood is warm, earthy, and feels good to the touch. That is why, wood substitutes in furniture like plastic or metal, or in flooring like ceramic tiles, for instance, never feel the same.
The artificial wood innovated by Roy Research and Technology is, hence, a winner, because it feels and looks like wood. And, just as wood has different textures and colours, so can RRT’s invention be easily varied to mimic different types of natural wood and have similar grain, texture, and appearance.
Roy Research and Technology’s artificial timber is better than other wood substitutes, because:
- it can be made in the form of blocks, beams, and panel. Just as wood can be cut into various sizes and shapes, our artificial timber can be re-sized for various uses in furniture, flooring, or even construction.
- its density can be changed, that is, it can be made heavier/stronger or lighter. Depending on what it is going to be used for, RRT’s artificial timber panels can be made to strong enough to take on huge loads or light enough for a baby’s cot.
- it resembles and feels like natural timber in grain and color. Any natural wood finish can be arrived at to present an authentic appearance.
- it can be sawed and painted on. It can also be carved on and made into door or wall panels with elaborate designs, for instance (please see picture of carved wood panel.
- it has nail and screw holding capacity.
- it is a good thermal insulator, it helps retain heat in wood houses. Wood flooring is very common in colder countries, because it helps trap heat apart from the aesthetic value. Artificial wood serves both purposes. Finally, just like natural wood, artificial wood is bio-degradable and can be powdered and disposed off safely.
Roy Research and Technology’s artificial timber resembles natural wood, but apart from that, it has several advantages that natural wood lacks:
- Retards fire. RRT’s innovation, artificial wood, is not inflammable. This quality is one of its greatest strengths when compared to natural wood. So, the artificial wood can be safely used indoors as well as in industrial uses.
- Is buoyant, helps make boats and other floating devices. Also, as its density can be changed, too, it is ideal material for building boats.
- Resistant against the action of hot water and chemicals including salts, acids, and bases. This makes it ideal in use even in industrial settings as flooring or paneling.
- Does not rot.
Artificial wood does not wear out quickly and is built for life: it doesn’t catch fire, cannot be eaten away by termites. Roy Research and Technology’s artificial wood is one of the best examples of sustainable technology. It is a clean and green product that helps earn carbon credits. It satisfies the pollution prevention hierarchy identified by the Environmental Protection Agency.
That is, first and foremost, it prevents environmental pollution that is caused by fly ash lying around. It also re-uses and recycles industrial waste and converts it into a product with economic value.
Our artificial timber invention prevents pollution in another way: it prevents widespread deforestation as it is a wood substitute that can be made available anywhere and costs much lesser than wood. Thus, by creating a brilliant replacement for a threatened resource, RRT’s artificial wood has the potential to minimize or avert ecological disaster.
The raw material for the artificial timber can be not only fly ash, but also silica, red mud, etc. And, as some sort of waste or the other is readily available anywhere in the world, it means that the technology has practical applications globally. Being able to produce artificial wood locally, there is no expensive procurement of raw material involved, thus adding to its ‘sustainable’ value.
The artificial timber is conductive and has applications in making electromagnetic radiation shielding and radar blocking in panel form.
The manufacturing process of artificial wood is environmentally compatible because:
1) Land requirement of just 10-15 acres for a standard plant
2)Low energy and water requirement
3) No emission of heat or pollutants of any sort
4) Cheaper to produce than rubber wood or plywood
5) Microbial grain former locally sourced raw materials.
6) Artificial timber has no disposal problems.
We have received international patents from USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan and India for the invention of the conversion of solid waste as value added product, these are the base for the development of artificial timber of different grades.