Material potency

The goal of this research was to find out, with simple experiments, if production of biodegradable material from lupine without any additives was possible.

Research procedures


The research implicated making fiberboards samples from raw material of lupine, comparing different harvesting season as well as different parts of the plant. Five samples were made of each portion to calculate means and standard error statistics.
Sample A had the substance of plant roots, sample B was the root mixed with stems and sample C had substance of the stems.
sample 1A1

sample 1B1


sample 1C1

Testing material potency


After making material samples, standard procedure tests were made in Nysköpunarmiðstöð Íslands (Innovation Center Iceland). Testing the material to indicate it´s flexural strength.


flexural strength testing made



test information data



Statistics of flexural strength tests




Compairing materials


Having made the standard tests it becomes possible to compare the material with other materials on market, biodegradable or not.


Results


Results of the standard flexural tests, compared to other tests show the lupine fiberboards to appear with low density fiberboard (insulation board) and/or medium density fiberboard (MDF).


Conclusion


The results designate the lupine as a promising material for some kind of production.