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Physical, Mechanical, and Thermoformability Behavior of Natural Fiber Reinforced Biocomposites


Title: Physical, Mechanical, and Thermoformability Behavior of Natural Fiber Reinforced Biocomposites

Authors: Liqing Wei, Ruomiao Wang, Hongyu Chen

DOI: 10.33599/nasampe/c.23.0028

Abstract: PHYSICAL, MECHANICAL, AND THERMOFORMABILITY BEHAVIOR OF NATURAL FIBER REINFORCED BIOCOMPOSITES Liqing Wei, Ruomiao Wang, Hongyu Chen Hanwha Azdel, Inc. 2000 Enterprise Drive, Forest, VA 24551, USA ABSTRACT As the society attempts to lessen the dependence on petroleum based products there is an increasing need to develop more eco-friendly and sustainable materials. Recently, natural fiber reinforced polymeric composites are gaining attention in automotive, aerospace, and other consumer goods industries. Natural fibers that have been evaluated as replacements for glass and other non-recyclable fibers include wood, flax, hemp, kenaf, sisal, and rice hulls. These fibers are abundant, cheap, renewable, and easily recycled. Other advantages include low density, high toughness, reduction in tool wear, ease of separation, and CO2 neutrality or decarbonization. This study focused on two types of natural fiber, rice hull ground which is a waste product from rice mill and kenaf fiber. The chopped kenaf fiber or rice hull ground were added (10% or 20%) as reinforcement to the thermoplastic resin in the fabrication process of flat sheets. The flat sheets were molded for thermoformability behavior and mechanical performance studies. Physical (areal density, density, and thickness) and mechanical (flexural and tensile) properties of the composite with and without the natural fibers were evaluated and compared. The potential of thermoformable biocomposites from rice hull ground and kenaf fiber are clearly demonstrated.

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Conference: CAMX 2023

Publication Date: 2023/10/30

SKU: TP23-0000000028

Pages: 9

Price: $18.00

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