The goal of this research was to find out, with simple experiments, if production of biodegradable material from lupine without any additives was possible.
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.
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
Having made the standard tests it becomes possible to compare the material with other materials on market, biodegradable or not.
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).
The results designate the lupine as a promising material for some kind of production.