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Title: Development of an innovative water retainer made of banana pseudostem pulp
Authors: Ortega García, Raquel 
Rivero Lopez, Yamilet 
Romero Pérez, Aday 
Bordón Pérez, Pablo Rubén 
Paz Hernández, Rubén 
UNESCO Clasification: 3308 Ingeniería y tecnología del medio ambiente
Issue Date: 2023
Project: Vermicompost, compost y biochar, herramientas para la adaptación al cambio climático, la prevención y mitigación de los efectos derivados de los riesgos naturales en el medio agrícola y forestal 
Conference: 6th International Conference on Natural Fibers - Nature Inspired Sustainable Solutions
Abstract: This work presents the development of an innovative water retainer prototype for reforestation, mainly made of banana pseudostem pulp obtained as a subproduct of banana fibre extraction. Apart from this main component, other natural materials such as starch and pine resin were tested as binder and water- proofing agents, respectively. Two different production methodologies were tested: wet moulding (pulp, starch, and water) with pressure, and dry flat moulding (pulp and pine resin) with pressure and high tem- perature. The results suggest that wet moulding facilitates the procedure, but cracks appear after drying. However, with dry flat moulding the process is more complex but the retainer is more compact. Regarding the waterproof agents, the solution of pine resin with turpentine works better than with alcohol because the latter absorbs moisture over time.
ISBN: 978-989-54808-8-3
Source: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Natural Fibers - Nature Inspired Sustainable Solutions / FUNCHAL, Madeira, Portugal, 19.20.21 June 2023
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