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Feasibility of Rice Hull Ash

(RHA) and Plastic Bottles as


Particle Board
Jessa Christine A. Abellon
Steffanie A. Capondag
Michelle N. Duller
Jaze S. Ontolan
Kate Anne M. Ramos
Mariale Mich C. Solatorio
NOEL G. SOLIS, RN
Adviser

Introduction
The world today is experiencing the effect of climate change as a result of
extensive burning of fossil fuels, plastics and even rice hulls dumped at the back of
many rice mills across the country, producing wicked weather disturbances like
typhoons. Flashfloods are often associated with severe rainfall whose effect may be
aggravated by the rapidly increasing number of non-biodegradable wastes thrown
anywhere such as cellophanes, plastic bags and plastic bottles.
Recycling plastic bottles into something useful might help solve this
environmental concern. Production of particle board from plastic bottles in
combination with rice hull ash (RHA) can aid in providing solution to environmental
hazards and at the same time provide the increasing demand of materials needed
in making furniture and other handicrafts.
Previous studies have reported that there are already particle boards
made from rice hull ashes (RHA) and plastic bottles but there are still no particle
boards made from the combination of both. To make this possible, the plastic
bottles will be melted together with the RHA to produce quality particle boards.

Significance of the Study


It benefits the following:

Community
Manufacturers
Consumers
Environment

Objectives
To determine if plastic bottles and rice hull ash
(RHA) are feasible in the production of quality
particle board.

To determine the quality of particle board from


plastic bottles and rice hull ashes compared to
commercial particle board in terms of bending
strength, water absorption and melting point

Statement of the Problem


Generally, this study aims to answer the question: is it feasible to
produce particle board from rice hull ash (RHA) and plastic bottles?
Specifically, it will seek to answer the following questions:
1. What is the quality of particle board from rice hull ash and plastic bottles
in terms of:
1.1 breaking strength;
1.2 water absorption;
1.3 melting point?
2. Is there a significant difference between particle board from rice hull ash
(RHA) and plastic bottles and commercial particle board in terms of:
2.1 breaking strength;
2.2 water absorption;
2.3 melting point?

Related Literature
In the study conducted by J. Torkaman
(2010), he found out that rice hulls is
feasible in the production of particle board
with sodium silicate as its bonding agent.

Methodology
Collection and
Preparation of Plastic
Bottles and Rice Hull
Ash (RHA)

Shredding of Plastic
Bottles

Melting of Plastic
Bottles

Cooling of the
Mixture

Placing the Mixture


into a Molder

Mixing of Plastic
Bottles and RHA

Testing of its Quality


in terms of:
breaking strength;
water absorption;
melting point?

Expected Outcome
Plastic bottles and rice hull ash (RHA) are
feasible in the production of quality particle
board.

Particle board made from plastic bottles


and rice hull ash (RHA) is better than
commercial particle board in terms of
breaking strength, water absorption and
melting point.

Points to Remember: