Bamboo, Banana stem, Coconut Husk (Coir), Reed Grass, Abaca etc have high sp.strength fibers, capable of competing with structural steel and glass fibers. A rough estimate is that all these vegetation fibers together form over 300 million T, worldwide. Currently not used for any engineered structural systems in a significant way, they are waiting to be utilized, replacing 600 million T steel or 750 million Cu.M of wood, or 900 million Cu.M of Concrete. Estimated Business potential is $750,000,000,000.
INNOVATION: These fibers in reed form could be woven into various shapes such as Boats/ Ship hulls, Auto Bodies, Aircraft structure and Modular Rooms, Roofing, Walls, Flooring, Furniture and Earthquake resist Homes. Hybridized with Glass Fiber or Glass Fiber + Carbon Fiber their strength-to-weight properties would rival more sophisticated Composites in Form, Function and Cost. Advantage is taken of the availability of variety of vegetation fibers, skills of basket weavers, polymer composites technology and ease of shaping the reeds/fibers into various structural shapes using simple forms. As the major part of the structural system (named: Woven Vegetation Fiber Composites for MONOCOQUE Structures in Boat/Aircraft/Cars/Construction) would be natural fiber materials based on renewable vegetation resources, the Carbon footprint would be low. Local Labor, especially the basket weavers who now have very low incomes due to depleting commercial activities for them, would have enough work and wages. Many agriculture families in these places that grow such vegetation materials, would have better incomes, as their crops would have better values. For example, banana stems are now wasted. By selling them for a price, the farm community would get regular incomes, not possible otherwise. we contribute a solution for Global Warming and Poverty, syn-chronically
MANUFACTURE: There could be two Production systems: ONE: Totally Hand woven against a "reverse Mold" and the Composite constructed, using Polymers as the Binders. TWO: The hand woven primary form is pre-impregnated with appropriate resins, B-Staged and placed in Hot Mold, and finally Pressed to shape and cured. Hybridization is by using Non-woven Glass Fiber or Woven Glass Fiber, and also by using carbon fiber too. Products such as Boat Hulls, Auto Bodies, Aircraft Fuselage could be produced in Monocoque design, in simple operations. Even Ship Hulls could be constructed. As these resin systems are based on Thermoset Polymers, energy required also would be very low
MARKETING: There are Two Products marketing: ONE: The Technology of Woven Vegetation Fiber Composites for MONOCOQUE Structures in Boat/Aircraft/Cars/Construction. This would be marketed to interested entrepreneurs internet based marketing. TWO: Individual Products Production and Marketing. The modus operandi for both would be based on a New arrangement whereby Entrepreneurs would be encouraged to form a Ltd Co for the Purpose of Manufacturing and Marketing in One Region/Country. The patent holder would have 15% stakes in the Companies, and the Business would be a new arrangement of Joint Venture. Other arrangements would be based on mutually agreed negotiated settlement, beneficial to all concerned