Faculty Advisor

Shivkumar, Satya

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to research the manufacturing of polyethylene bags, to evaluate their mechanical properties compared to biodegradable bags, and to understand the public perception of polyethylene bag use. This was done through surveys, mechanical testing and field interviews. Polyethylene bags have become a global concern, and many countries have implemented policies to address this issue. It was concluded that polyethylene bags will keep being used due to their exceptional mechanical properties and relatively inexpensive production cost.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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