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    Author(s): Roger M. Rowell; Anand Sanadi; Rod Jacobson; Daniel F. Caulfield
    Date: 1999
    Source: [Kenaf properties, processing and products. Mississippi State, MS : Mississippi State University, Ag & Bio Engineering, 1999].:p. [381]-392 : ill.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Description

    Combining kenaf fiber with other resources provides a strategy for producing advanced composite materials that take advantage of the properties of both types of resources. It allows the scientist to design materials based on end-use requirements within a framework of cost, availability, recyclability, energy use, and environmental considerations. Kenaf fiber is a potentially outstanding reinforcing filler in thermoplastic composites. The specific tensile and flexural moduli, for example, of a 50% by volume of kenaf-polypropylene (PP) composite compares favorably with a 40% by weight of glass fiber-PP injection molded composite. Results indicate that kenaf fibers are a viable alternative to inorganic/mineral- based reinforcing fibers as long as the right processing conditions and aids are used, and for applications where the higher water absorption of the lignocellulosic- based fiber composite is not critical.

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    Citation

    Rowell, Roger M.; Sanadi, Anand.; Jacobson, Rod.; Caulfield, Daniel F. 1999. Properties of kenaf/polypropylene composites. [Kenaf properties, processing and products. Mississippi State, MS : Mississippi State University, Ag & Bio Engineering, 1999].:p. [381]-392 : ill.

    Keywords

    Composite products, Polypropylenes, Kenaf, Thermoplastics, Physical propertie, Plant fibers

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