A feasibility study into the formulation and manufacture of rapeseed meal biocomposites


Cereals & Oilseeds
Project code:
01 November 1997 - 31 January 1998
AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.
AHDB sector cost:
£10,735 From HGCA (Project No. OS10/1/97)
Project leader:
Yvonne Chui, Peter Hornsby, Wolfson Centre for Materials Processing, Uxbridge



About this project


This report summarises the findings from a three-month feasibility study concerned with the formulation and potential use of rapeseed meal in biocomposite manufacture. A primary objective was to establish the effectiveness of rapeseed meal as a matrix or binder phase and in particular, as an alternative to soyabean, which is currently exploited for this purpose in the United States.

The strategy used to chemically modify and formulate rapeseed meal composites is discussed, and includes use of various additives of naturally occurring and synthetic origin. Mechanical properties of mouldings produced from these formulations are presented, which under optimum circumstances compare favourably or outperform reported results for commercially available composite board structures.