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Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 44, Issue 23, pp 6213–6222 | Cite as

Single polymer composites: a review

  • K. P. Matabola
  • A. R. De VriesEmail author
  • F. S. Moolman
  • A. S. Luyt
Review

Abstract

Increasing concern for the environment has stimulated interest in the research and development of single polymer composite (SPC) materials. These materials are an emerging class of composite materials with mechanical properties comparable to heterogeneous composites. The SPCs are fully recyclable and have specific economic and environmental benefits. The small melting temperature difference between the fiber and the matrix poses a great challenge in the fabrication of SPCs. This article gives an overview of developments in SPCs relating to the materials and fabrication methods used.

Keywords

PMMA HDPE LDPE UHMWPE Processing Window 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. P. Matabola
    • 1
  • A. R. De Vries
    • 1
    Email author
  • F. S. Moolman
    • 1
  • A. S. Luyt
    • 2
  1. 1.Polymers and CompositesCouncil for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)PretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of the Free State (Qwaqwa Campus)PhuthaditjhabaSouth Africa

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