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Babassu-Fibre Reinforced Natural Rubber Biocomposite
Selected for publication at Springer Nature
To be presented at the UIA World Congress of Architecture 2023
The work concentrates on how the largely disposed by-products from the babassu palm tree industry and the liquid natural rubber latex extracted from the rubber trees can help produce local construction material on-demand. Natural rubber and babassu natural occurrence overlap in Mapia and several other regions in Brazil; therefore, a locally-fabricated biocomposite using these natural resources could be replicable in several regions across Brazil, establishing a regional collaboration between communities. Even though in early stages and with much refining required, the outcome of this work is promising. It allows foreseeing strategies for maximising the babassu- natural rubber biocomposite mechanical performance to respond to more specific applications in building projects.
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