Durability when exposed to in-service environmental conditions often limits the introduction of new materials for the construction industry. While the properties of a material can be tested in the laboratory, and for short periods of time when exposed to varying environmental conditions, these laboratory-scale tests cannot be used to accurately predict the performance of a material over the life-span of a building that may be 50 years for example.
Biocomposites are a potential construction materials that currently have limited applications due to their unknown performance when exposed to years of weathering. The goal of this project is to develop a computational model that will predict the degradation of material properties over time when exposed to varying environmental conditions. Data from laboratory testing will be used to develop the degradation model and environmental/weathering conditions for various locations will be used to predict the performance of the material in different locations.