Design-driven integrated development of technical and perceptual qualities in foam-formed cellulose fibre materials

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  • Tiina Härkäsalmi
  • Jani Lehmonen
  • Jukka Itälä
  • Carlos Peralta
  • Sanna Siljander
  • Jukka A. Ketoja

Research units

  • Tampere University of Technology
  • Aalto University
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland


Design-driven process entailing iterative prototyping was used to develop foam-formed monomaterial structure made of renewable and recyclable biomaterials suitable e.g. for sound insulation in interior spaces. Interactions between wood-pulp fibres, the perforated mould and the forming process opened opportunities for multi-scale material design, which re-defined the direction of the research. This finding entailed the simultaneous formation of macroscopic 3D forms, surface textures, and micro-porous material structures. These multi-scale properties affected the material’s technical and perceptual qualities. The dyed pulp together with the multi-scale forms provided interesting variations in visual quality. Moreover, the surface texture enhanced the material’s tactile properties and gave a higher quality feel and enhanced rigidity.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5053-5068
Number of pages16
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Cellulose, Design-driven research, Fibre, Foam forming, Material-based design, Prototyping

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