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INTERNSHIP AT INTERPLEX INDIA

After witnessing the magnitude of plastic scattered in the ocean, I decided to Intern at a Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) manufacturing plant. I wanted to explore the full supply chain of plastics, so I began my internship at Interplex's partner recycling plant and explored how bottles are sorted based on material and colour. I then went to the manufacturing plant that took the recycled PET (crushed into flakes) and used it in the production of several products. What I explored was the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of PET strap versus a property known as intrinsic viscosity (IV), which is dependent on the percentage of virgin PET and recycled PET. I arrived at a direct linear correlation between UTS and IV. The exploration highlighted the several factors IV is based on: bond length, greater the surface area and Van Der Waals forces.

Furthermore, I looked at the manufacturing plant's energy consumption and wrote a detailed proposal on how they could switch to an entirely solar powered factory. I drew on concepts like optimisation using calculus, efficiency from physics, and cost/benefit from economics, to name a few.

In addition to the technical papers, I also wrote on my experiences and summarised my entire internship journey. The photos below include pictures from both plants, and the technology I used to carry out my experiments and analyse my data

If you would like to read the papers, please email me and I would be happy to send them to you.

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Plastic input

Plastic input

Founders and Technicians

Founders and Technicians

UTS Machine

UTS Machine

Tensile Strength Data Example

Tensile Strength Data Example

Recycling Plant Explanation

Recycling Plant Explanation

Recycling Plant Machinery Explanation

Recycling Plant Machinery Explanation

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RESEARCH PROJECT
ON ISRO
AND
PLASTICS

Continuing with the theme of plastics, I wanted to see if there were better methods to aid in the collection of plastics. I reached out to the ex-DECU Director of ISRO - Dr. Vikram Desai and had multiple conversations with him on whether my idea was viable.

Subsequently, I wrote a white paper on how Geostationary satellites could be used to identify plastic hotspots in the ocean using LIDAR Sensors and multispectral optical satellite data.

If you would like to read the papers, please email me and I would be happy to send them to you.

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Plastic Hotspots Using Satellites (Source - European Space Agency)

Plastic Hotspots Using Satellites (Source - European Space Agency)

With Dr Desai after our discussion

With Dr Desai after our discussion

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