Title

Synthesizing a Property-Specific Polymer as the Crux of a Pond Liner Repair Method

Presenter Information

Lucas McIntosh

Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Major

Chemical Engineering

Research Advisor

Henthorn, David

Advisor's Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Funding Source

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE)

Abstract

Modern industrial facilities widely utilize retention ponds to isolate contaminants from groundwater; this is accomplished largely via pond liners made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). At present, companies are forced to replace entire liners to prevent leaks through even small tears and rips—no method currently exists to fix these liners on a small scale.

This project will focus on the first step of a proposed liner repair method. That is, can a polymer that exhibits HDPE-like properties (durable, inert, inexpensive) be formed in situ, allowing for an easily implemented patch?

Biography

Lucas McIntosh is currently a sophomore at the University of Missouri--Rolla working toward a B.S. in chemical engineering. He is a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Academy, Honors Academy, TJHA, and Voyager Learning Community. He is the son of Douglas and Joyce McIntosh.

Research Category

Research Proposals

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Research Proposals, Second place

Presentation Date

12 Apr 2006, 9:00 am

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Synthesizing a Property-Specific Polymer as the Crux of a Pond Liner Repair Method

Modern industrial facilities widely utilize retention ponds to isolate contaminants from groundwater; this is accomplished largely via pond liners made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). At present, companies are forced to replace entire liners to prevent leaks through even small tears and rips—no method currently exists to fix these liners on a small scale.

This project will focus on the first step of a proposed liner repair method. That is, can a polymer that exhibits HDPE-like properties (durable, inert, inexpensive) be formed in situ, allowing for an easily implemented patch?