Paper Composites

By including a variety of foreign elements and substances into the paper pulp during the paper making process, the properties of the obtained paper can be altered.In this way, the texture, colour and surface properties of the paper elements can be enhanced. In addition, by letting the paper element dry on a mould, the 3dimensional shape of the paper unit can be influenced.

For the red fibreglass paper both paint and fiberglass elements were added to the pulp. In this way both the colour as also the texture of the paper element were altered. The fiberglass elements that were included during the pouring and the pressing of the paper are multidirectional Their irregular appearance on the surface lend a playful aesthetic to the paper, while their elastic properties enhance the elasticity of the whole paper element.

The plastic mesh sample combines the inclusion of a plastic mesh in addition to the combination of variously colour pulp. The irregularly filled out sample boasts a textural variety due to it´s various inclusions which brings a surprising aesthetics. The colouring of paper samples has been brought to the next level with this combination of differently coloured pulp. Also,the irregularly filled up sample demonstrates how this technique can allow the included materials to become more dominant within the sample, appearing uncovered by the pulp.

A metal mesh was included in the metal paper sample. By pinning a sheet of metal mesh to the paper pressing board during the pouring and pressing of the paper, this metal was covered by the paper pulp, although it remained visible beneath it. In this way the metal mesh provided a pattern, which dominates the paper sample visually. The strength and ductility of the metal furthermore enhance this paper´s physical properties.

The thread paper sample was achieved by carefully placing cotton thread in the paper pulp during the pouring of the pulp.This technic of inclusion allows for great precision, making this the perfect inclusion if a highly controlled aesthetics is needed.The delicate cotton threads enhance the visual characteristics of the paper sample as well as adding a traditional texture to the sample.

Team : Diana Nitreanu , Mehran Haghbin, Carolina Libardi, Carolina Miro

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