Acoustic Microscopy Study of Properties and Microstructure of Synthetic and Natural Fiber Composite Materials
Bio-fiber based composites are gaining acceptance in today’s industries. Aimed to replace synthetic fiber-reinforced composite materials, natural fiber composites significantly differ from them in microstructure. Development of new bio-composites shows necessity for effective studies of their mechanical properties. In this paper, properties of bio-composites with different content of wheat straw fillers are analyzed. Microstructure of the composites, its relation to material composition and distribution of the filler phase in the polymer matrix is investigated with acoustic microscopy. The obtained results help to deeper understand structure-property relationship for bio-composite materials and provide feedback for development of new materials with properties satisfactory for industrial needs.
KeywordsBio-fibers Composites Acoustic microscopy Microstructure
This project was supported by Ontario BioCar Initiative. The authors are grateful to Dr. Christine Moresoli, University of Waterloo and Dr. Mohini Sain, University of Toronto for providing the natural fiber composite materials.
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