Flexural bending analysis of mycelium structural beams

The main goal of this project is to improve the sustainability of building materials. To work towards this goal, theresearch project turns towards biology as a source of inspiration for the next generation of building materials.Natural fibres (i.e. hemp, straw, agricultural residues) have great potential in the building industry, but currentlystill need to use fossil-fuel based binding agents. This project will research the capacity for mycelium as analternative binding agent for natural fibre construction materials. The intern will complete bending moment capacityand compressive strength of mycelium beams and stub-columns and analyze results to evaluate their significanceTooketree Passive Homes focuses on building homes that help to mitigate climate change by sequestering carbonin each building. Tooketree is anxious to sequester more carbon in each building in a way that is not dependenton the heavy use of our forest products or fossil-fuel-based binding agents.Identifying a viable new building suchas mycelium is directly related to the goals of Tooketree.

Sushant Neupane
Faculty Supervisor: 
Colin MacDougall
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