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Abstract: Finding uses for plastic is becoming increasingly important because it has one of the lowest recycling rates among fabricated materials. Wood, on the other hand, is a natural material that is referred to as biomass and is being used as a clean energy source. Researchers are now looking to form a composite pellet of wood and plastic which would simultaneously increase the value of the fuel while providing a practical use for plastic. This study looked at the thermal conductivity of wood-plastic pellets to determine their pyrolytic characteristics. The Thermtest TPS 2500S Thermal Constants Analyzer determined that the thermal conductivity of shredded fibers was greater than shredded plastics at 21 °C. Plastics had a lower thermal conductivity than the fibers, and although they would still be effective, the wood-fiber pellets would have a higher market value.

Reference: Waste and Biomass Valorization (2017) 1-15

DOI: 10.1007/s12649-017-9921-1