To reduce formaldehyde emissions and prevent deforestation, particle boards prepared from sodium hydroxide modified algae and sugarcane bagasse were used to study the effect of process parameters such as fine-filler ratio, algae-filler ratio, ambient storage times, and sodium hydroxide concentration on mechanical properties. P-test was conducted to test for significance of parameters on flexural modulus and flexural strength. Results showed that algae-filler ratio and ambient storage times have significant impact on mechanical properties, while fine-filler ratio showing significant impact on secant flexural modulus and sodium hydroxide concentration having impact only on tangent flexural modulus. Mechanical properties of particleboard composites made from sugarcane bagasse and spirulina algae were found to be comparable to conventional particle boards.
|Commitee:||Khattab, Ahmed, Khattak, Mohammad Jamal|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Engineering, Chemical engineering|
|Keywords:||Algae, Bagasse, Bio processing, Mechanical properties, Particleboard, Sustainable composites|
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