From Plastic Waste to Building Material: Mechanical Properties of Recycled Thermoplastic Timber
- 1 University of Cagliari, Italy
Copyright: © 2020 Monica Valdés, Nicoletta Trulli and Barbara De Nicolo. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The present paper illustrates the mechanical properties of a new structural product called Recycled Thermoplastic Timber (RTT), manufactured in Sardinia (Italy) and made of recycled plastics. The preliminary results of an experimental campaign aimed at assessing the main mechanical and physical properties of RTT are presented and discussed. Unreinforced and steel-reinforced thermoplastic timber profiles have been tested in laboratory and some mechanical and physical properties have been evaluated also varying the climatic conditions. Furthermore, weathering properties have been checked by testing the resistance to freezing and thawing. In light of the results since now achieved the prospect of using RTT as an eco-friendly alternative to wood and other building materials is discussed.
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- Waste Treatment
- Innovative Building Materials
- Sustainable Composites
- Recycled Plastics
- Thermoplastic Timber