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Use of coconut (Cocos nucifera) wood in bent form has been explored using ammonia plasticization technique. The results indicate that coconut wood can be successfully bent to different shapes with minimum radii of 40 and 50 mm for strips of 15 mm and 50 mm thickness after giving vapour phase ammonia treatment at a constant pressure of 5 kg/cm2 for 3 hours. A few decorative prototype products were made using the bent coconut strips, which indicates that coconut wood can suitably be used in bent form. The studies were found to be useful in giving value addition to coconut wood because the bending technique would economize use of wood and provide aesthetics.

Setup for bending of wood

Bent coconut products

 

 
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  Last Updated on 03-08-2015