An Evaluation of the Quality and Microstructure of Biodegradable Composites as Contribution towards Better Management of Food Industry Wastes

Paulina Zdanowska , Iwona Florczak , Jacek Słoma , Karol Tucki , Olga Anna Orynycz , Andrzej Leonard Wasiak , Antoni Świć


Biowastes from the food industry can be applied as a usable material after appropriate treatment (i.e., agglomeration). Biowastes are materials that could have better properties if they are mixed. Brewery and oilseed wastes were compressed and evaluated by their quality and microstructure. This article presents the influence of food wastes’ type on their biodegradable composite properties. Rapeseed cake and brewer’s threshing were used separately and mixed in three different proportions: 30:70, 50:50, 70:30. The data were obtained by mechanical testing on the Instron machine with different pressure forces of 30,000 N and 50,000 N. Strength and elasticity parameters, expansion after the test and in 24 h were estimated. The characteristics such as density, relaxation and compaction after the agglomeration process of biomass allows the selection of the best material and method for optimal composite quality. The results show an upward trend in composite density with decreasing content of brewery waste in a sample. Rapeseed cake can be considered as the material more susceptible to the compaction process. In addition to material properties and its lower density, the reason may be due to the granulometric composition of particles, density and particle size which was confirmed by SEM structure observations. Images of composites were analyzed on the basis of morphological plant tissue structures
Author Paulina Zdanowska
Paulina Zdanowska,,
, Iwona Florczak
Iwona Florczak,,
, Jacek Słoma
Jacek Słoma,,
, Karol Tucki
Karol Tucki,,
, Olga Anna Orynycz (FEM / DPM)
Olga Anna Orynycz,,
- Department of Production Management
, Andrzej Leonard Wasiak (FEM / DPM)
Andrzej Leonard Wasiak,,
- Department of Production Management
, Antoni Świć
Antoni Świć,,
Journal seriesSustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in Englishagglomeration; food wastes; composites; relaxation; expansion; microstructure
ASJC Classification3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment; 2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Internal identifier000045117
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreBUT score = 24.0, 11-06-2019, manual
Ministerial score = 70.0, 26-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.911; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 2.592 (2) - 2018=2.801 (5)
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