Newly Developed Boards Made from Crushed Rapeseed Stalk and their Bendability Properties

Milan Gaff, Štěpán Hýsek, Adam Sikora, Marián Babiak


The bendability of a material can be classified as both a positive and negative characteristic. The classification depends on the intended use of the given material. In the case of materials intended for bending (solid wood), this property is positive; whereas in the case of building materials this property may have a negative effect on the stability and durability of the finished structure. Depending on the use of the material, different characteristics of bendability can be used to describe it. The important characteristics include the force and deflection at the limit of proportionality and at the modulus of rupture. Because the bendability also depends on the material thickness, this characteristic is most often expressed as the ratio of the material thickness to the smallest achievable bent radius. Therefore, an analysis of the minimum curve radius and coefficient of bendability was performed. The bending characteristics were measured for composite materials, which were made of crushed rapeseed stalk and bonded with powder polyester adhesive. The stalks were subjected to different modifications (R, H2O, and NaOH). The results of this work indicated that rapeseed is a prospective raw material for the production of composite materials with specific properties.


Bendability; Modulus of elasticity; Limit of proportionality; Elastic potential; Composite material

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