Plastics Recycling: Using Agricultural Residues to Improve Performance II

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2002-33610-12751
Agency Tracking Number: 2002-03053
Amount: $287,893.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Agro-Plastics, Inc.
619 East 8th Street, Suite D, Lawrence, KS, 66044
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donna Johnson
 (785) 832-8866
 donnaj@pinnaclet.com
Business Contact
 Donna Johnson
Title: President
Phone: (785) 832-8866
Email: donnaj@pinnaclet.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The goal of this Phase II SBIR is to commercialize the process to use wheat straw fibers as a means to improve the characteristics of commingled plastic. The Phase I research proved the feasibility of using wheat straw as a filler for commingled plastic. However, in order to commercialize the process, hurdles still need to be overcome in order to have a In order to reach this goal the following objectives have been developed: Improve the mechanical properties of the commingled plastic so it can be automatically fed into the twin-screw extruder. Optimize the chemical additives to improve the binding of the commingled plastic with each other and with the agricultural fillers. Determine methods, such as low-temperature compounding, which can be used in the extruder to both ensure good melt of the plastics but reduce fiber degradation. Look at the long-term weatherability of the plastics to determine their outdoor applications. Work with manufacturers to test the product and incorporate their comments back into the research plan.

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