Panels Produced from Thermoplastic Composites Reinforced with Peach Palm Fibers for Use in the Civil Construction and Furniture Industry
In order to cooperate in minimizing the problems of the current and growing volume of waste, this work aim at the production of panels made from industrial waste –thermoplastic (polypropylene; polyethylene and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) reinforced with agro-industrial waste - peach palm waste (shells and sheaths). The properties of the panels like density, thickness swelling, water absorption and moisture content were evaluated using the ASTM D1037; EN 317; and ANSI A208.1 standards regarding particle boards. Good results were obtained with formulations of 100% plastic waste; 70% waste plastics and 30% peach palm waste; and 60% waste plastics and 40% peach palm waste.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Natural Resources,College of Agricultural Sciences, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Botucatu 18610-307São Paulo, Brazil
Publication date: May 3, 2012