AMRC's bio-board hits the slopes

AMRC's bio-board hits the slopes

By Gareth Dennison | 28/12/2012 0 comments

AMRC's bio-board hits the slopes

HERE’S a nutty idea . . . a snowboard made of plastic bottles, plants and cashews!

The prototype board was made by a team at Rotherham’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in a bid to showcase the potential uses of bio-composite materials.

Recycled plastic bottles were used in place of the traditional wooden core and the board also featured flax and an epoxy resin made from cashew nut husks.

Development engineer Craig Atkins, from the Composite Centre, said: “We’ve learned a few different things from this. We didn’t put in enough resin at first so we’ve learned about how flexible it needs to be. But we’ve shown it’s possible.”

The aerospace and automotive sectors are increasingly turning to composites because they are light, strong and environmentally friendly.

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