Hybrid Composites from Waste Materials

Journal of Polymers and the Environment (Impact Factor: 1.67). 03/2010; 18(1):65-70. DOI: 10.1007/s10924-009-0155-6


Hybrid composites of thermoplastic biofiber reinforced with waste newspaper fiber (NF) and poplar wood flour (WF) were prepared.
The weight ratio of the lignocellulosic materials to polymer was 30:70 (w:w). Polypropylene (PP) and maleic anhydride grafted
polypropylene (MAPP) were also used as the polymer matrix and coupling agent, respectively. The mechanical properties, morphology
and thermal properties were investigated. The obtained results showed that tensile and flexural modulus of the composites
were significantly enhanced with addition of biofibers in both types (fiber and flour), as compared with pure PP. However,
the increasing in WF content substantially reduced the tensile, flexural and impact modulus, but improved the thermal stability.
This effect is explained by variations in fiber morphological properties and thermal degradation. Increasing fiber aspect
ratio improved mechanical properties. The effect of fiber size on impact was minimal compared to the effects of fiber content.
Scanning electron microscopy has shown that the composite, with coupling agent, promotes better fiber–matrix interaction.
The largest improvement on the thermal stability of hybrid composites was achieved when WF was added more. In all cases, the
degradation temperatures shifted to higher values after addition of MAPP. This work clearly showed that biofiber materials
in both forms of fiber and flour could be effectively used as reinforcing elements in thermoplastic PP matrix.

KeywordsHybrid composite-Biodegradable-Mechanical properties-Lignocellulosic fibers-Waste materials

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