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The new high performance plastic pallet

The incorporation of fibres to plastic improves mechanical resistance of the obtained composite. The glass fibre is one of the most used fibres for plastic reinforcement. Using glass fibre, high performance pallets (high load and high humidity resistance) can be obtained. Virgin glass fibre is expensive, consequently, to incorporate virgin glass fibre to the polymer to produce pallet is not economically viable. The use of ground GRP waste is an economic way to incorporate glass fibre to the polymer, and therefore to achieve an economic composite to manufacture high performance pallets. Furthermore, this contributes to solve the problem of waste management, which affects the GRP industry all-over Europe. The pallet developed in the project will be used in many sectors, mainly the metal-mechanic (pallets to transport goods from suppliers to assembly plants and final customers), chemical and other sectors where hygiene is extremely important. Besides this pallet will be used in groups of firms that must distribute pieces and products between different factories located in several European countries, controlling factories distribution cost at every moment. The main handicap of filled thermoplastic is its impact behaviour. In order to improve its impact strength we have worked in two ways, increasing the compatibility fibre-matrix and modifying pallet design to reduce the fragile points (corners, change of thickness, ribs etc.).

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