Innovative structural design concepts for plastic lumber materials

R. Lampo, T. Nosker, R. Kerns, R. Renfree, M. McLaren, M. G. McLaren

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Plastic lumber is a viable application for the recovery of post-consumer mixed plastic containers. The current path of manufacturers is to modify the mechanical properties of plastic to more closely resemble those of wood. The primary motivation to produce plastic lumber products with properties as similar as possible to wood is that design methods for wood already exist. However, these wood design methods are based on the mechanical properties for that material, and even though modified, the plastic lumber products still retain a plastic behavior. An innovative arch design concept for plastic lumber has been developed which shows that the present approach is not the most efficient or cost effective way to design structures with plastic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 54th Annual Technical Conference. Part 3 (of 3) - Indianapolis, IN, USA
Duration: May 5 1996May 10 1996


OtherProceedings of the 1996 54th Annual Technical Conference. Part 3 (of 3)
CityIndianapolis, IN, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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