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A study on cork-based plastic composite material

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dc.contributor.advisor David Wallace. en_US Kim, Sungmin, Mech. E. Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US 2012-01-30T17:01:45Z 2012-01-30T17:01:45Z 2011 en_US 2011 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Mech. E.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2011. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 115-116). en_US
dc.description.abstract Sandwich panels are mainly used in construction for lightweight structures since their concept is appropriate due to extremely high in-plane and flexural stiffness to weight ratios. However, low structural freedom and high environmental burdens of core material in sandwich panels such as fiberglass, and chemically synthesized foams have retarded a wide use in various areas. Recently it has been suggested that the better performance and economic, environmental benefits could be possibly achieved by using hybrid sandwich panels comprising non-traditional pairs of materials for sandwich panels. Therefore, in this paper, a cork-based plastic composite material has been proposed as a new core material and the possibility for substituting existing core materials have been explored by investigation on its mechanical properties, economic benefit, and environmental impact. Several mechanical testing were carried out on the cork composite and Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) to determine the mechanical properties and compare their relative performances. By conducting property-limited design cases with the obtained mechanical properties, how they will perform in light, stiff panel application was investigated. Economic analysis was demonstrated with a table top application by using rigidity equality condition. Finally, Eco-impact of the cork composite was investigated by conducting Life Cycle Assessment. The result proved that the cork composite is competitive with other core materials. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Sungmin Kim. en_US
dc.format.extent 116 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title A study on cork-based plastic composite material en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Mech.E. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 773590780 en_US

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