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Article Released Tue-28th-August-2007 14:05 GMT
Contact: Mohamad Abdullah Institution: Universiti Sains Malaysia
 Bio-Coat for Reinforced Earth Material

Researchers in Universiti Sains Malaysia developed Bio-Coat from oil palm empty fruit bunches as an alternative to commercial geosynthetic and geotextile materials for slope protection, reinforced earth wall and other soil improvement uses.

Project title: Bio-Coat for Reinforced Earth Material
Researchers: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fauziah Ahmad, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Khalil Shawkataly, Ahmad Halmi Ghazalli, Dziauddin Zainol Abidin, Azhar Mohamad Noor

In this project, oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB) mat fibres were impregnated with Acrylonitrile Butadienne Styrene (ABS). The resulting material also popularly known as "Bio-Coat" were then used as reinforced material for geotechnical applications such as reinforced earth wall, slope protection and other geotechnical soil improvement techniques.

Just like the oil palm, the Bio-Coat has many uses in engineering and construction including that of (1)Reinforcement, (2)Drainage, (3)Filtration, (4)Separator and (5)Barrier.

It can also be used in household applications such as; reinforced plants, garden drainage, unpaved road on soft ground, flower pot, garden mat and other landscaping applications. It was found that, the Load-Strain for the Bio-Coat material increased more than 100% compared to commercial geotextiles and geosynthetics material. The Bio-Coat will be a welcome alternative to the construction, geotechnical and landscaping industries. It not only makes good use of material that would have otherwise been discarded as waste, the Bio-Coat strengthens and improves the soil while remaining highly cost effective.

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Keywords associated to this article: Oil palm
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