Annals of Forest Science

, 74:25

Improving the utility, performance, and durability of wood- and bio-based composites

Review Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s13595-017-0625-2

Cite this article as:
Winandy, J. & Morrell, J. Annals of Forest Science (2017) 74: 25. doi:10.1007/s13595-017-0625-2


Key message

This paper briefly reviews the state of the art in various types of wood- and bio-based composites, summarizes recent advances, and then discusses future possibilities for improving the durability of wood- and bio-based composites.


Wood can be processed and reformed into a number of different biocomposites.


We aimed at reviewing the state of the art in various types of wood- and bio-based composites.


Review of utility, performance and durability of wood- and bio-based composites.


The advanced biocomposites will:

Combine wood, natural biofibers, and non-biomaterials to create synergistic hybrid materials that far exceed performance capabilities of current biocomposites

Be renewable, recyclable, and totally sustainable

Provide superior performance and serviceability exceeding performance of current biocomposites

Be more durable, dimensionally stable, moisture proof, and fire resistant

Be less expensive to produce and use (over the life cycle of use) than the materials they replace


The next generation of advanced wood- and bio-based composites must provide high-performance construction and specialty products that simultaneously promote resource and environmental sustainability and provide advanced performance, long-term performance, enhanced durability, and value.


Composites Wood-based composites Bio-based composites Durability Performance Moisture issues 

Copyright information

© INRA and Springer-Verlag France 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems EngineeringUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of Wood Science and EngineeringOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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