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    Author(s): Jarrod J. Schemenauer; Tim A. Osswald; Anand R. Sanadi; Daniel F. Caulfield
    Date: 2000
    Source: ANTEC 2000 Society of Plastic Engineers Conference. [S.l. : s.n., 2000]: Pages 2206-2210
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    The melt viscosities and mechanical properties of 3 different natural fiber-polypropylene composites were investigated. Coir (coconut), jute, and kenaf fibers were compounded with polypropylene at 30% by weight content. A capillary rheometer was used to evaluate melt viscosity. The power-law model parameters are reported over a shear rate range between 100 to 1000 s–1. Effects on melt viscosity with the use of a coupling agent and different fiber types were also evaluated.

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    Schemenauer, Jarrod J.; Osswald, Tim A.; Sanadi, Anand R.; Caulfield, Daniel F. 2000. Melt rheological properties of natural fiber-reinforced polypropylene. ANTEC 2000 Society of Plastic Engineers Conference. [S.l. : s.n., 2000]: Pages 2206-2210


    Natural fiber polypropylene, polypropylene composites, viscosity, rheological properties

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