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Title: Innovator: Dr. R. Gopalan, Executive Director Composites Technology Park, Bangalore

Innovator Dr. R. Gopalan, Executive
DirectorComposites Technology Park, Bangalore
Natural-Fiber Glass-Fiber Hybrid Bio-composite
Building Materials
Composite Technology Parks (CTP) Natural-Fiber
Glass-Fiber Bio-Composite Building Materials
  • Engineered mixture of
  • Glass-fiber and natural-fiber
  • Typically bamboo, coir jute fibers
  • Desired ratio and orientation of fibers that
    exploits qualities of both fibers for cost
    performance benefits.
  • Mixture processed for manufacture of a variety of
    products including
  • Roofing panels
  • Decks
  • Bridges
  • Interior and exterior building walls and floors
  • Structurally insulated panels (SIPs)
  • Emergency shelters
  • Off-shore deck platforms.

Performance Characteristics
  • UV, water, fungus, mold, corrosion, salt,
    alkaline, abrasion, heat, rot and wood
    infestation resistant.
  • Can be engineered to be practically termite proof
    and waterproof. 
  • Estimated R-value expected to be twice that of
    most woods.
  • Superior strengthPrimary component bamboo
  • Has a tensile strength of 28,000 pounds/square
    inchgreater than steel
  • Withstands up to 52,000 pounds of pressure per
    square inchmore than concrete.
  • Lends itself to manufacture of structural
    insulated panels (SIPs) foam sandwich panels. 

Bamboo / Glass Fiber Bio-Composite Sandwich Wall
Processed under controlled temperature pressure
in compression moulding press then cut to
required size.
  • High
  • StrengthWeight Ratio
  • Stiffness
  • Workability

  • Standard size
  • 4ft X 8ft
  • Thickness
  • 35 mm100 mm
  • Density
  • 160kg /m³260kg/m³

Bamboo / Glass Fiber Bio-Composite Roofing Panels
Impregnated w/high performance polymeric resin
processed under high temperature compression
  • Lightweight
  • High Strength Stiffness
  • High Thermal Electrical Insulation
  • High impact resistant
  • Polyurethane foam thermal insulated also

Standard size 4ft X 8ft Thickness 3.2 mm
5.0 mm Density 950kg/m³ 1125kg/m³
Bamboo / Glass Fiber Bio-Composite Floor Wall
  • Standard size 4ft X 4ft
  • Thickness 12 mm 20 mm
  • Density 800kg/m³ 1000kg/m³
  • Corrosion and termite resistance
  • Better heat resistance
  • Thickness 9 mm 18 mm
  • Density 800kg/m³ 1000kg/m³
  • Anti-skid SMC layer
  • Electrical insulation characteristics
  • Application Floor panel for
  • chemical/corrosion environment

Color impregnation available
Characteristics of Major Component Bamboo
  • 70 - 80 of bio-composite is typically bamboo.
  • Harvested in 3-5 years versus 10 50 years for
    most timber. 
  • Weight/acre per year up to 25 times higher than
  • Each acre removes up to 4.8 tons of carbon
    dioxide/year and generates up to 35 more oxygen
    than an equivalent stand of trees.
  • Harvesting is non-invasive to the
    environment--typically cut by hand and
    transported by light truck.
  • Absorbs pollutants in damaged soil and mitigates
    water pollution due to its high nitrogen
    consumption especially from waste water.
  • Bamboo is not a volatile organic compound (VOC).

Bamboo-Fiber Glass-Fiber Bio-Composite Examples
by CTP
Early CTP demo structure 3.5 yrs
ago Prefabricated military office / housing CTP
materials walls, floors roof
Bamboo-Fiber Glass-Fiber Bio-Composite Examples
by CTP
One of 25 Sakthi Hill Resort Guesthouses built
2.5 years ago outside Bangalore. Frequent
compliments from guests and inquiries for
purchase and manufacture of materials
  • Prefabricated shelter, multipurpose
  • Disaster management.
  • Emergency shelters.

Bamboo-Fiber Glass-Fiber Bio-Composite Examples
by CTP
Modular toilet and shower unit 3.5 years of
testing to date
Pyramid on CTP Campus
Outdoor Restroom
Technology Assessment
  • Professor Billie Faircloth, School of
    Architecture, University of Texas at Austin You
    can create these technologies on a scientists
    desk, but can you ramp up towards production? Dr.
    Gopalans research has found a way to create a
    process for manufacturing which is always the
    technology transfer issue. Its often a very slow
    process. Thats whats unique about Dr. Gopalans
    company he is very, very close in being able to
    hand off his technology to a company to actually
    put into production.
  • Not simply a research lab, The Composite
    Technology Park directed by Dr. Gopalan is able
    to manufacture 300,000 square meters/year of
    bio-composite panels.
  • Winner, Lockheed Martin IC2 Gold Award for
    Outstanding New Innovation, July 18, 2007.

Development IP Status
  • Products are tested, evaluated, certified by
    national laboratory.
  • Roofing panel being certified by ASTM
    International Laboratory.
  • Prototype products being demonstrated at over 100
  • Technology is patented in India.
  • Patent will be filed in US in about 2 months
  • Renowned Indian composites experts with 30 years
    experience in our Board
  • Highly qualified and experienced engineers,
    scientists and technicians

Commercialization Information
  • Opportunities
  • Direct ordering of materials.
  • Exclusive distribution agreements.
  • Manufacturing license.
  • Contact
  • Jim Vance
  • Global Commercialization Programs
  • The IC2 Institute
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • http//
  • Office  512-232-3590
  • Mobile 512-970-8442