Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 443–449

Preparation and properties of polypropylene composites reinforced with wheat and flax straw fibres: Part I Fibre characterization

  • P. R HORNSBY
  • E HINRICHSEN
  • K TARVERDI
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1018521920738

Cite this article as:
HORNSBY, P.R., HINRICHSEN, E. & TARVERDI, K. Journal of Materials Science (1997) 32: 443. doi:10.1023/A:1018521920738

Abstract

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. R HORNSBY
    • 1
  • E HINRICHSEN
    • 1
  • K TARVERDI
    • 1
  1. 1.Wolfson Centre for Materials ProcessingBrunel UniversityUxbridge MiddlesexUK

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