Abstract:

Traditional disposal strategies of chicken feathers and coconut shells are expensive and difficult. Currently, the quantity of chicken feather produced annually by the poultry industry as a waste in worldwide, is a serious solid agricultural waste problem. Thus disposal methods are restricted, generate green houses gases or pose danger to the environment. Several commercial applications have been explored to utilize fibers from chicken feathers. The feather is highly micro crystalline, very durable and resistant to both mechanical and thermal stress because of the presence of protein Keratin. They are proved to be stronger than wood. Its value is similar to polypropylene. Feathers comprise over 90% of proteins the main component being beta keratin, a fibrous insoluble protein containing disulfide bonds. An innovative way to utilize poultry feather into a novel composite material is to bind them with Portland. Cement bonded composite, offers on environmentally friendly method of disposing a serious waste product and promotes competitiveness of both the poultry and construction industries. The behaviour of the chicken feather fibers are made to understand their usability as a reinforcing material for composite fabrication. A concrete mix as control, while coconut shells are used to replace crushed granite by volume. The use of coconut shells as partially replacement of conventional aggregate. The replacement of coarse aggregate by coconut shell by 0%, 10%, 20% and 30%.Cubes are produced and compressive and tensile strength are evaluated at 7 days, 14 days and 28 days. It should be encouraged as an environmental protection and construction cost reduction measure.


Keywords Coconut shell, Chicken feather, Compressive and Tensile strength.;