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Plastics Recycling: Using Agricultural Residues to Improve Performance II

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
57324
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2002-03053
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Agro-Plastics, Inc.
619 East 8th Street, Suite D Lawrence, KS 66044
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Plastics Recycling: Using Agricultural Residues to Improve Performance II
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2002-33610-12751
Award Amount: $0.00
 

Abstract:

The goal of this Phase II SBIR is to commercialize the process to use wheat straw fibers as a means to improve the characteristics of commingled plastic. The Phase I research proved the feasibility of using wheat straw as a filler for commingled plastic. However, in order to commercialize the process, hurdles still need to be overcome in order to have a In order to reach this goal the following objectives have been developed: Improve the mechanical properties of the commingled plastic so it can be automatically fed into the twin-screw extruder. Optimize the chemical additives to improve the binding of the commingled plastic with each other and with the agricultural fillers. Determine methods, such as low-temperature compounding, which can be used in the extruder to both ensure good melt of the plastics but reduce fiber degradation. Look at the long-term weatherability of the plastics to determine their outdoor applications. Work with manufacturers to test the product and incorporate their comments back into the research plan.

Principal Investigator:

Donna A. Johnson
7858328866
donnaj@pinnaclet.com

Business Contact:

Donna A. Johnson
President
7858328866
donnaj@pinnaclet.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Agro-Plastics, Inc.
619 East 8th Street, Suite D Lawrence, KS 66044

EIN/Tax ID: 481206500
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No