ANALYSIS OF THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES BASED ON AGRICULTURE CHILI PEPPER WASTE

Delia Julieta Valles-Rosales, Luis Alberto Rodríguez-Picón, Luis Carlos Méndez-González, Arturo del Valle-Carrasco, Haytham Alodan

Abstract


In this study, a new composite material conception based on polypropylene (PP) and wood particles obtained from agricultural waste was investigated. Specifically, stalks and leafs of chili plants  of the region of New Mexico, Texas, USA were used as a plant-based reinforcing material. For this,  a design of experiments (DOE) is proposed considering different percentages of PP, wood, fire  retardant, coupling agent and UV stabilizer, different mesh sizes are also considered. Samples were  obtained using an extrusion molding machine. A statistical analysis is proposed to obtain the  optimal percentages of the components considered in the fabrication of the samples in order to enhance the mechanical and morphologic properties of this new composite. Results show that the  yield stress, breaking stress and ultimate tensile stress can be maximized with a proportion of 3  to 1 (63,75% PP and 21,25% wood fiber) of PP and wood fiber.


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