HomeUM Research Journalvol. 3 no. 1 (2006)

Cement-Bonded Board From Durian Waste

Arnold R. Gonzales | Evtri E. Tabanguil

Discipline: Biochemistry



Durian makes the icon definition of Davao City. Out of the abundance of this tropical fruit is the voluminous waste that it generates. Concern on environment brings stimulus to this study by utilizing this waste into a useful product. The use of Durian pericarp as cellulosic fibers for cement-bonded board will help address the problem in disposing those hard and thorny shells.  This research was undertaken to develop a construction material from durian waste fibers. The technical and mechanical properties of this material were likewise determined in order to seek its structural performance. Development of such material and testing of its fundamental properties is the objective of the researchers. Basically, the identification of its structural uses was also established to conform to the basic requirements set by the national standards based on the properties tested. Results show that Durian pericarp is a promising source for alternative construction materials. The fiber boards produced have mechanical and physical properties comparable to those of the other wood wool cement boards in the Philippines. It has good compressive strength, high shear and flexural strengths, and has good fire resistance capacity.