Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2014

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Reinforced Plastics & Composites

Volume

33

Issue

14

First Page

1275

Last Page

1293

Research Focus Area(s)

Biological and Process Engineering and Technology

DOI

10.1177/0731684414521886

Abstract

Studies aimed at improving the tensile, flexural, impact, thermal, and physical characteristics of wood–plastic composites composed of Paulownia wood flour derived from 36-month-old trees blended with polypropylene were conducted. Composites of 25% and 40% w/w of Paulownia wood were produced by twin-screw compounding and injection molding. Composites containing 0–10% by weight of maleated polypropylene were evaluated and an optimum maleated polypropylene concentration determined, i.e., 5%. The particle size distribution of Paulownia wood filler is shown to have an effect on the tensile and flexural properties of the composites. Novel combination composites of dried distiller’s grain with solubles mixed with Paulownia wood (up to 40% w/w) were produced and their properties evaluated. Depending on the composite tested, soaking composites for 872 h alters mechanical properties and causes weight gain.

Comments

This article is from Journal of Reinforced Plastics & Composites 33 (2014): 1279–1293, doi:10.1177/0731684414521886.

Rights

Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.

Language

en

Date Available

2014-09-22

File Format

application/pdf

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