Fire-Retarding Ceiling Panel from Recycled Paper Waste

Authors : Frederick Ampah Clement; Kafui Kwesi Agyeman; Harold Awuley Quaye; Eugene Padditey

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 6 - June

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DOI : 10.38124/IJISRT20JUN895

The aim of this paper is the creation of a fireretarding ceiling panel from recycled paper waste. To achieve this, the researchers employed the experimental and descriptive methods of research accompanied by one of the principles underpinning the emotional construction or psychology-based design approach to product design which is liking (similarity and physical appearance). The target population for the study was printing presses and paper waste in Ghana. Printing presses at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and paper waste from these printing presses were the accessible population. Purposive sampling design was employed with interview and observation being the data collection instruments. Primary sources of data were interviewees, some books and some Internet sources. Secondary sources were mainly books and some Internet sources. The major findings of the study include: low level use of paper waste in Ghana for productive purposes, papier-mâché methods, fire-retarding strategies for papier-mâchébased products, and strategies for removing cast papier-mâché ceiling panels from their moulds. The conclusions established that paper waste is a potential material for the production of suitable ceiling panels, that papier-mâché as a method is a means by which paper waste can be recycled for the production of ceiling panels and that fire retarding properties are achievable with mashed paper-based products.

Keywords : Paper Waste, Papier-Mâché, Ceiling Panel, Fire-Retardation.


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