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Title: Banana and abaca fiber-reinforced plastic composites obtained by rotational molding process
Authors: Ortega, Z. 
Monzón, M. D. 
Benítez, A. N. 
Kearns, M.
McCourt, M.
Hornsby, P. R.
UNESCO Clasification: 331210 Plásticos
331212 Ensayo de materiales
Keywords: Fibers
Rotomolding, et al
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: 1042-6914
Journal: Materials and Manufacturing Processes 
Abstract: Natural fibers can be used in rotational molding process to obtain parts with improved mechanical properties. Different approaches have been followed in order to produce formulations containing banana or abaca fiber at 5% weight, in two- and three-layer constructions. Chemically treated abaca fiber has also been studied, causing some problems in processability. Fibers used have been characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), optical microscopy, and single-fiber mechanical tests. Rotomolded parts have been tested for tensile, flexural, and impact properties, demonstrating that important increases in elastic modulus are achieved with these fibers, although impact properties are reduced.
ISSN: 1042-6914
DOI: 10.1080/10426914.2013.792431
Source: Materials and Manufacturing Processes[ISSN 1042-6914],v. 28, p. 879-883
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