Glass fibre and recycled mixed plastic wastes: recent developments and applications

Bajracharya, Rohan M. and Manalo, Allan C. and Karunasena, Warna and Lau, Kin-tak (2014) Glass fibre and recycled mixed plastic wastes: recent developments and applications. In: 23rd Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM23), 09-12 Dec 2014, Byron Bay, Australia.

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In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in seeking for potential civil engineering applications of recycled mixed plastic wastes to relieve the pressure on landfills. This paper presents the recent developments on new generation of composites made from mixed recycled plastics and glass fibre. Glass fibres are one of the most cost-effective reinforcements which can be compounded with recycled thermoplastics to obtain products with improved mechanical property. Some of the first uses for such composites are for the replacement for traditional wooden items like park benches and picnic tables. While these composites are appropriate for such small-scale products, using them in structural applications would consume much greater volume of waste plastics. With its inherent resistance to rot and insect attack, these composites can in fact be used as a replacement for chemically treated timber in various large scale outdoor applications such as railroad crossties and bridges. However, the behaviour of such composites under different environmental conditions such as elevated temperature and ultraviolet rays are crucial. This paper provides an overview of the on-going efforts to address the critical issues for the effective usage of recycled mixed plastics composites in civil engineering and construction.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 23:35
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 00:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: recycled mixed plastic composites; glass-fibre; developments; applications
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials

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