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30-80% Bio-composite development

R&D of a bio-composite with 30-80% bio-based content. An off the shelf product that is already on the market. This R&D stream allows us to start prototyping while we develop the 100% bio-plastic and bio-composite panels.

30-80% Bio-composite development

Dear Green Campus Team,

I am just writing to pass on the extremely good news of the successful test panel development with Rogers Advanced Composites

 The two test panels made by Dave Monks, construction manager at  Rogers Advanced Composites . One panel has glass fiber re-enforcement around the edges and a flange that was we laid, and he other is just pure cast resin.

The two test panels made by Dave Monks, construction manager at Rogers Advanced Composites. One panel has glass fiber re-enforcement around the edges and a flange that was we laid, and he other is just pure cast resin.

 

The test panels that we made from a 33% bio-based material (up to 88% bio-based materials are available) we have found to be incredibly strong, resisting all attempts to shatter them. They also have a natural light green glow and are very beautiful. 

 

This is hugely encouraging and indicates we can build all of the present Green Camp Zome designs/products from this material at the same price as conventional less eco-friendly materials. We still aim to develop the 100% bio-based panels but that R&D is ongoing and is part of a much larger project as described below.

 

The technique that Dave has used actually massively simplifies the moulding process so the flanges can be very easily made without the need for a male and female half of the mould. Equipping production will be relatively economical using wooden moulds. 

A massive thank you to Tony Chignell head of composites at Rogers Advanced Composites for instigating the project and Simon Rogers for the total support and use of the facility and to Dave Monks head of construction there, who made the test panels in his own time over the bank holiday. They have quite literally facilitated a product stream and therefore business to come into being and now the responsibility is for us to tell them what we want to build exactly:
 

Thank you all so much for bearing with us and for helping to create these Green Campuses. I am very grateful for all of you and very much enjoy working with you all. Very much looking forwards to much more to come in the future.

 

Sincerely

Charles

+447801073913
General Secretary
www.GreenCampus.global

     

     


    TESTS RESULTS

     

    The test panels are incredibly strong and withstand all attempts to shatter them with a hammer (by Dave!). Photographs and videos of our very basic tests are available below:

     

    After 20KG the beam is bent down 95mm (no break or visible signs of weakening)

    CUTTING TESTS

    100% resin panel could be cut easily with a jigsaw with no splitting or shattering.

     Jig Saw Test.m4v

     

    BEAM TESTS (see images right)

    500mm wide gap

    95mm high

     

    After 30KG the beam fills all available space it has to bend into but still no break.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Shatter test video:

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    SHATTER TESTS

    Hitting beam with a medium-large sized hammer (with some good might from Dave) on a flat surface and suspended as a beam between two points yields no scratching or shattering.

     

    SURFACE FINISH

    Surface has an organic finish to it that can be polished off to increase transparency. The smoothness of the surface of the mould and thus the finish of the casting has most to do with the diffuseness or clarity of the transparency of the panel. 

     

    ZOME DESIGN PICTURES