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Application oriented recycling and machinability of waste bio-composite materials

Garip Genc, Nihat Akkus


In this study, waste shell reinforced bio-composite materials were produced, and its machinability behavior was examined to aim the recycle able of waste natural materials and to find new usage fields of waste of natural materials. Waste walnut shell used as reinforcement and epoxy resin were used as a matrix to produce the bio-composite materials. To determine machinability behaviors; drilling, cutting and screw driving tests were performed. Furthermore, the production of tea plates was carried out in order to prove the producibility of the product using walnut shells. It is predicted from the results of these tests that produced bio-composite materials can be used in decoration and coating as an alternative to chipboard and wood. As a result, it has been found that it is possible to recycle wastes such as walnut shells in many areas where plastic or wood and wood products are used, and it is proposed as an alternative material.

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