Developing fire-retardant and water-repellent bio-structural panels using nanocellulose

Abstract

The fire-retardant and water-repellent bio-structural panels (BISPs) were successfully developed using cellulose nanofibrils, corn starch, boric acid, and n-dodecenyl succinic anhydride with adhesive-free character. Its performance properties were evaluated and compared with other well-known products on the market. The BISP’s density (0.1 g/cm3)and permeance value [41.81 g/day/m2with 5.76% coefficient of variation (CV)] were found higher than compared competitor products. The BISPs’ contact angle was found 132.13° (1.59% CV)for BISP. The BISP was the only fire-retardant product, and the only one developed almost no smoke 2.20%.

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Acknowledgments

The authors thank Revolution Research Inc. for supplying nanocellulose in this study and thank Will West for contributing to the manufacturing process. This work was partly supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Program (Eco-friendly Thermal Insulation Composite Foam Boards—Award #1521326).

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Yildirim, N. Developing fire-retardant and water-repellent bio-structural panels using nanocellulose. MRS Communications 8, 257–265 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1557/mrc.2018.37

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