Foam deck tiles for building and construction: developing the products formulation and extrusion processes to prevent unexpected deformation

This project is focused on the production of improved deck tiles made of foamed recycled polypropylene (PP) base mat and recycled and virgin polystyrene (PS)/ high impact polystyrene (HIPS) slats that are assembled to the base mat. The current product is available in 12” x 24” and 12” x 12” configurations in a variety of colors. This product is typically installed on high-rise balconies, house porches or decks. Recently, it was reported that the tiles tend to deform after a while. The deformation is usually in the form of center bow down. This problem is caused by combination of different effective parameters that need to be extensively investigated and solved. Combination of direct sunlight hit and additional sunlight hit from reflection of the surrounding glass surfaces provides elevated surface temperature and UV radiation cause different degrees of deformation. TO BE CONT'D

Abolfazl Mohebbi
Faculty Supervisor: 
Chul Park
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