Track: Undergraduate Research Competition
In order to determine if the CFB panel is superior to the CHB, this study, "Comparative Study of the Mechanical Properties of Coconut Fiber Cement Board and Concrete Hollow Blocks," compared the two products' prices, dead loads, and compressive strengths. Three samples of each of the two products were used in the experiment, which the researchers conducted. The tensile strength test, parametric test, and Universal Testing Machine (UTM) were used to gather the data for this study. The compressive strength test was performed at the TERMS Concrete and Materials Testing Laboratories Inc. in Tayuman, Manila. The study assumed that: CFBs are less expensive than CHBs; carry less weight than CHBs; and have greater structural strength. Results show that CFB has an average compressive strength of 1,004.167 PSI. In comparison to a CHB, the CFB has more compressive strength. The researchers also concluded that a CFB would carry less weight than a CHB at 5.4721 lb. In both panels' cost analyses, the price of CFB is deemed to be higher than the price of CHB. Fiber Cement Board (CFB) offers a substantially more cost-effective alternative. By enhancing the walling system for residential establishment, this study will benefit the Philippine construction industry.