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Research Activities: 2004
Manufacturing and Performance Evaluation of Soy Protein Based Plastics and Composites-Phase II
Matching Research Agency
|Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council|
One graduate student
The objective of the proposed research is to manufacture composite products using soy protein based polymers.
Soy protein has been considered as a potential alternative to petroleum polymers in the manufacture of plastic and fiber reinforced composites. Soy based plastics and composites can be used to replace traditional materials like steel, aluminum, concrete and wood. Glass fiber and natural fiber reinforced composites will be manufactured using resin infusion and compression molding processes. Mechanical tests will be conducted and the results will be compared with simulation results. The use of soy protein based polymer coupled with process development will offer affordable and durable products.
Use of soybean-derived materials offer low cost raw materials and environmentally sustainable benefits.
Relationship to other Research/Projects
Previous study was based on composites using soybean oil based resin system.
Technology Transfer Activities
Low cost composites from renewable materials can be used in civil infrastructure applications.
Transportation Research Board Keywords
Composite Manufacturing, Soy-protein based composites