Faculty Advisor

Shivkumar, Satya

Abstract

Trends towards sustainability have increased interest in biodegradable plastics. The effect of environmental factors such as UV radiation, humidity, and temperature on the properties of 7 biopolymers used in serviceware including bagasse, fiber pulp, wheatstraw and polylactic acid were analyzed. The properties of biopolymers were comparable to synthetic plastics in the as received condition, but deteriorate significantly with exposure to water and UV radiation. Improvements may be needed before biopolymers are effective replacements for traditional plastics.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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