Faculty Advisor

Guceri, Selcuk

Faculty Advisor

Kmiotek, Stephen J.

Abstract

To alleviate modern society's reliance on plastic, our team explored compostable alternatives to petroleum-based polymers. This study examines the processability and properties of organic fiber-reinforced composites, constructed using a combination of PLA or a potato starch-based matrix, and natural fibers such as flax, cotton, or jute. To characterize the resulting material, our team studied the matrix-fiber adhesion, chemical composition, mechanical strength,and biodegradability of the samples. This investigation allowed our team to infer potential applications for our product, as well as issue guidance for future exploration.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-05-14

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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