Preparation and properties of polypropylene composites reinforced with wheat and flax straw fibres: Part I Fibre characterization
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- HORNSBY, P.R., HINRICHSEN, E. & TARVERDI, K. Journal of Materials Science (1997) 32: 443. doi:10.1023/A:1018521920738
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The microstructure, thermal and mechanical properties of flax and wheat straw fibres have been examined with a view to using these natural fibres as reinforcing additives for thermoplastics. In this regard, the fibres were characterized prior to incorporation into the polymer, using a range of techniques, including SEM, image analysis, thermogravimetric analysis and micro-mechanical tensile testing, at room and elevated temperatures. The thermal and mechanical properties obtained have been discussed in relation to the measured composition and structural form of the fibres.