Location: Functional Foods Research Unit
Project Number: 3620-41000-150-07
Start Date: Oct 17, 2013
End Date: Aug 31, 2016
The long term objective of USDA involvement in this project is to develop new WPC employing Paulownia wood flour (PWF) and access their physical and mechanical properties. This will be accomplished by: 1) Developing methods to procure wood flour economically by studying modes of collection, grinding and sieving; 2) Test PWF as bio-fillers with various thermoplastic resins with emphasis on coupling agents, concentration and additives; 3) Ascertain the durability of PWF-WPC under various artificial weathering regimes especially testing moisture, light, temperature, and chemical environments.