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Tertiary packaging made of OSB panels produced with mechanical wastes from the processing of balsa wood

Grant number: 18/04721-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2018
Effective date (End): February 29, 2020
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Materials and Metallurgical Engineering - Nonmetallic Materials
Principal researcher:Juliano Fiorelli
Grantee:Rodrigo Methner Schmidt
Home Institution: Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZEA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Pirassununga , SP, Brazil


The evolution of the human civilization on capitalist economies has been followed in the last two centuries, post industrial revolution, by a crescent increase of durable and non-durable goods. A consequence of this social behavior is the waste generation which are, in their majority, discarded in landfills or burned. One of these wastes is the residual forest biomass, which in 2012 was represented by approximately 85.6 million m3/year from the harvesting and mechanical processing stages. Looking for innovative solutions which add technology and gives a more valuable destiny for these subproducts, this scientific initiation project aim to study the viability of the production of tertiary packings for products transportation with OSB panels produced with mechanical wastes from the processing of Balsa wood (Ochroma Pyramidale) and organic resins. To achieve the objectives, initially will be done studies to determinate the best percentage of organic resin (urea-formaldehyde - UF and polyurethane based on castor bean - PU-Mamona) for the production of the OSB panels from residual Balsa wood through physical and mechanical tests. After that will be realized the study of the durability of the optimized particle panels and finally a tertiary packing for products transportation will be produced with the panel with the best physical and mechanical features.

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