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Evaluation of Fruit and Vegetable Containers Made from Mulberry Wood (Morus Alba L.) Waste

Department. of Engineering; Universidad Miguel Hernández, 03300 Orihuela, Spain
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(9), 1806; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9091806
Received: 14 February 2019 / Revised: 5 April 2019 / Accepted: 25 April 2019 / Published: 30 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Engineering Methods for Packaging Design of Perishable Products)
Mulberry trees (Morus alba L.) are used as ornamental and shade trees in urban gardening in Spain. These trees must be pruned once a year, and the waste is usually sent to the tip. Current research efforts aim to optimize biomass-based material sources and reduce the pressure on natural and planted forests. The objective of this study was to produce fruit and vegetable containers using particleboards made from mulberry tree pruning waste and to evaluate their properties. Mulberry particleboards were made and their mechanical properties were tested to demonstrate their suitability for industrial uses. Afterwards, the containers made with mulberry particleboards were tested. The strength of the containers was less than 5000 kg to dynamic compressive strength. Deformation by stacking was 3.15 mm, which is less than the maximum allowed of 6.1 mm, and flexural deformation of the base was 2 mm. View Full-Text
Keywords: particleboards; containers; mechanical properties; waste recovery particleboards; containers; mechanical properties; waste recovery
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Ferrandez-Villena, M.; Ferrandez-Garcia, C.E.; Garcia-Ortuño, T.; Ferrandez-Garcia, A.; Ferrandez-Garcia, M.T. Evaluation of Fruit and Vegetable Containers Made from Mulberry Wood (Morus Alba L.) Waste. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 1806. https://doi.org/10.3390/app9091806

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Ferrandez-Villena M, Ferrandez-Garcia CE, Garcia-Ortuño T, Ferrandez-Garcia A, Ferrandez-Garcia MT. Evaluation of Fruit and Vegetable Containers Made from Mulberry Wood (Morus Alba L.) Waste. Applied Sciences. 2019; 9(9):1806. https://doi.org/10.3390/app9091806

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Ferrandez-Villena, Manuel, Clara E. Ferrandez-Garcia, Teresa Garcia-Ortuño, Antonio Ferrandez-Garcia, and Maria T. Ferrandez-Garcia 2019. "Evaluation of Fruit and Vegetable Containers Made from Mulberry Wood (Morus Alba L.) Waste" Applied Sciences 9, no. 9: 1806. https://doi.org/10.3390/app9091806

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