EFFECT OF THE MARBLE POWDER AND WOOD POWDER CONTENT ON THE TECHNOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITES
The waste powder produced during the manufacture of marble, which is presently mostly discarded in landfills, has the potential for higher-valued usage. Recycling marble waste powder will contribute to the protection of nature as well as economic gain. The goal of this study is to investigate the potential use of marble waste powder as filler in the thermoplastic composites with wood. Thermoplastic composites were manufactured by adding marble factory waste powder and wood powder in different ratios to polypropylene (PP). Maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MAPP) were used as coupling agent to improve interfacial adhesion between hydrophilic wood–fibers and hydrophobic polypropylene. The waste marble powder and wood powder were mixed by weight of with polypropylene in the percentage of 0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, and 50%. Physical and mechanical tests were performed on the specimens prepared from the thermoplastic composites. Although mechanical properties of the composites decreased with increasing content of the marble powder, the water absorption of the composites significantly decreased with increasing content of the marble powder.