Event Title

Session 3E: Sustainable Alternatives to Drywall Using Methylcellulose and Wood Flour

Session Number

Session 3E: 2nd Presentation

Advisor(s)

Dr. Frank Harwath, North Central College

Location

Room D103

Start Date

26-4-2018 12:40 PM

End Date

26-4-2018 1:25 PM

Abstract

We have researched the potential of a sustainable alternative to drywall using methylcellulose and wood flour. It is already known how to make a sponge out of whipped methylcellulose, but we added wood flour to create a stronger material that would replace the gypsum in traditional drywall. After weighing and qualitatively observing different solutions of methylcellulose and water, with and without wood flour, we determined that 5% methylcellulose and 5% wood flour by weight is the ideal solution. We also used layered sugar-cane paper to replace the thick sheets of paper in traditional drywall. Tensile tests have yet to be performed on a combination of the methylcellulose and the paper, to compare the strength of the alternative to the traditional, but they will be once more data is collected

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Apr 26th, 12:40 PM Apr 26th, 1:25 PM

Session 3E: Sustainable Alternatives to Drywall Using Methylcellulose and Wood Flour

Room D103

We have researched the potential of a sustainable alternative to drywall using methylcellulose and wood flour. It is already known how to make a sponge out of whipped methylcellulose, but we added wood flour to create a stronger material that would replace the gypsum in traditional drywall. After weighing and qualitatively observing different solutions of methylcellulose and water, with and without wood flour, we determined that 5% methylcellulose and 5% wood flour by weight is the ideal solution. We also used layered sugar-cane paper to replace the thick sheets of paper in traditional drywall. Tensile tests have yet to be performed on a combination of the methylcellulose and the paper, to compare the strength of the alternative to the traditional, but they will be once more data is collected