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Title: Valorization of invasive plants from macaronesia as filler materials in the production of natural fiber composites by rotational molding
Authors: Ortega Medina, Zaida Cristina 
Romero, Francisco
Paz Hernández, Rubén 
Suárez García, Luis Adargoma 
Benítez Vega, Antonio Nizardo 
Marrero Alemán, María Dolores 
UNESCO Clasification: 3313 Tecnología e ingeniería mecánicas
241713 Ecología vegetal
Keywords: Composites
Invasive plant species
Mechanical properties
Natural fibers
Particle size distribution, et al
Issue Date: 2021
Project: Valorización ecosostenible de especies vegetales invasoras de la Macaronesia para la obtención de fibras de uso industrial 
Potencial aprovechamiento de biomasa generada a partir de especies vegetales invasoras de la Macaronesia para uso industrial 
Journal: Polymers 
Abstract: This paper compares the mechanical properties of different natural fiber composites produced by rotational molding as a way of waste valorization from campaigns to control invasive plant species in Macaronesia. Rotomolded parts produced with polymeric matrices (polyethylene) and filled with up to 20% by weight of cellulosic fibers obtained from Arundo donax L., Pennisetum setaceum, and Ricinus communis plants were characterized in terms of tensile, flexural, and impact strength. It was found that the sieving of natural fibers allowed for their introduction in higher loadings, from 10 (for un-sieved material) to 20%; fiber size greatly affected the mechanical properties of the final parts, although some combinations were proven not to reduce the mechanical properties of the neat resin. This study is a first approach to the valorization of residues obtained from periodic campaigns of the control of invasive species performed by public authorities, usually at the local level. It is important to highlight that the main objective of this research did not focus on economically profitable activity; instead, it was focused on the reduction of wastes to be disposed from ecosystem maintenance actions and the investment of potential income into preservation policies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/111645
ISSN: 2073-4360
DOI: 10.3390/polym13132220
Source: Polymers [ISSN 2073-4360], v. 13 (13), 2220, (Julio 2021)
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