Kenaf fiber/Polypropylene composites as potentional material for partitioning panels in buildings

Dimeski, Dimko and Srebrenkoska, Vineta and Bogoeva-Gaceva, Gordana and Manov, Zlatan and Grozdanov, Anita and Avella, Maurizio and Zucchini, Valerio (2006) Kenaf fiber/Polypropylene composites as potentional material for partitioning panels in buildings. In: 12th European Conference on Composite Materials, 29 Aug-1 Sept 2006, Biarritz.


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Combining kenaf fiber with different polymer matrices provides a strategy for producing advanced composite materials that take advantage of the properties of both types of materials. It allows the researchers to design materials in accordance to the end-use requirements within a framework of cost, availability, recyclability, energy use, and environmental considerations. Kenaf fiber is a potentially outstanding reinforcement in thermoplastic composites [1,2]. In this paper the research is focused on development of a lightweight, environmentally friendly, cost-effective composite material based on natural i.e. kenaf fibers applied as partitioning panels in buildings. Kenaf/PP composite preforms of different fiber content have been fabricated by KEFI-Italy. Consolidation of the composite preforms was performed at T=175oC, P=180 bar, t=15min. Mechanical properties of Kenaf/PP composites have been characterized by tensile and bending test, as well as by DMTA. Water absorption was followed at room temperature. The research has shown that high fiber/low matrix kenaf/PP composites can fulfill the end user requirements for partitioning boards in offices and dwelling houses to a greater extend. The results have shown that the obtained composites have exhibit average flexural strength of 30,1 MPa and modulus of 9,0 GPa, impact toughness of 43,1 kJ/m2 and compression strength of 17,4 MPa.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: Engineering and Technology > Materials engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Technology
Depositing User: Vineta Srebrenkoska
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2012 15:12
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 11:43

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