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What is your ideal recipe?

In this section on Material, we describe the variations of recipes and the impact of them in the application. An overview of testing different parameters and how they define the characteristics of the final product. If you want to describe the product application, go to 'application', if you want to describe the parameters of the process such as adding any kind of energy source, cutting of fibers of ways to bind the fibers, go to process.

Why Japanse Knotweed?[edit | edit source]

A general overview of the plant and its appearance is can be found on wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynoutria_japonica More information about the Japanese Knotweed for Dutch speakers can be found on this page on our wiki: Japanse Duizendknoop.

Material Research[edit | edit source]

Currently we are researching the effect of changing parameters in the recipe on the characteristics of the end material. We do the main research while making small plates, called Knotplex. On that page you can find a timeline based overview of the research.

Next to that, we specifically research on the need to change the basis recipe to fit the application Knotpot. You can find a timeline based overview of the research.

Documenting[edit | edit source]

Main part of the research is also good documenting. We developed a specific code, so people can report in a clear way how they made their product.

Product code[edit | edit source]

As you will see on the test pages of Knotplex and Knotpot, all tests have a specific code. This code shows the recipe and how the product is made. This will help to select which characteristics go with which settings.

BLOCKCHAIN IDEE: ook toepassing (knotplex, pot, tex) en ev locatie van productie toevoegen, of wie het gemaakt heeft. zo wrodt het meer een blockchain.

Temperature:
Temperature while pressing. Cold pressing is pressing on room temperature. We would put 20°C. Warm pressing would be with a heated press, where we go for max 120°C.

Force:
Force of press, indicated in Tons.

Time:
Pressing time, indicated in minutes.

Matrix:
What type of matrix did you choose? And how much grams did you add? At the moment we experiment with: Hideglue, Rice of Algae protein, casein and potato starch.

Water:
How much (in ml) water did you add? This is helpfull for the binding in many cases.

Filler:
We choose to use Japanese Knotweed as filler. Depending on the prefered characteristics of the final product, you can use small of large particles. Lagers ones will give you a stronger part, smaller ones will give you more form flexibility.