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Panels Produced from Thermoplastic Composites Reinforced with Peach Palm Fibers for Use in the Civil Construction and Furniture Industry

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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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Keywords: Civil construction; composites; furniture; natural fiber; panels; peach palm; polymers

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

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