- This blog is about research on papercrete as part of my graduation project.
Papercrete is an experimental material which replaces some amount of cement with paper pulp in the mix. There is no information about its structural behavior and durability, that why its use remains limited. The goal is to bring papercrete closer to standardization.
Good design idea will be the one which combine all the materials properties, low price – lightweight – flexibility -surface texture. Papercrete facade panels have the potential to be competitive to the market.
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Does papercrete fulfil the increased needs of a façade cladding technology? Papercrete is an experimental material which replaces an amount of cement with paper in the normal concrete mix. Concrete is the most commonly used material in construction. Its annual … Continue reading
Papercrete is easy to produce but requires accurate measurements. It is important to weight the newspapers before soaking them. The standard process to make the mix is: • Soak newspaper in water overnight to soften the fibres and make mixing … Continue reading
Specimens don’t shrink symmetrically. The process of making the pulp (drill with special x-shaped head) distributes the fibres unevenly. From the existing specimens I could not define a dominant direction. Anisotropic materials properties vary with the direction of measurement( e.g. … Continue reading
This report is a research on Precast Papercrete Facade Panels (PPP), as part of my graduation project for the master program of building technology department in TU Delft. This result wouldn’t be possible without advice, constructive criticism and ideas from … Continue reading
Papercrete, especially the untreated one, has poor mechanical properties. The compression and bending test gave the following information. σpapercete≈0.90 Mpa (1/25 normal concrete, lower than soft woods) 3 phases elastic-plastic-after starting to crumble becomes stiffer
Papercrete is made from materials widely available and easy to found. Paper comes from a variety of sources and is usually without cost. Manufacturing processes are still not developed enough to facilitate its use. If we decide to go into … Continue reading