Interface strength and fiber content influence on corn stover fibers reinforced bio-polyethylene composites stiffness
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
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Stiffness of material is a key parameter that allows the use of material for structural or semi-structural purposes. Besides, lightweight materials are increasingly calling the attention of the industry. Environmental impact is also increasing in its importance. Bio-based materials produced from renewable sources can be good candidates for structural purposes combining lightweight and low environmental impact. Nonetheless, similar mechanical properties of commodities have to be reached with such materials. In this work, composite materials from corn stover fibers as a bio- polyethylene reinforcement were produced and tested. The effect of coupling agents to improve the fiber–matrix interface has been evaluated. It has been found that coupling agent content influenced the stiffness of the materials, increasing the Young’s modulus and the material processability. The best performance was achieved for a 6% of coupling agent, corresponding to 4.61 GPa for 50 w/w% of corn stover fibers. Micromechanics showed the impact of the semi-random orientation of the fi- bers and the lesser impact of its morphology. It was possible to determine a triangular packing of the composites as a hypothesis for future research
CitationTarrés, Q.; Hernandez, D.; Ardanuy, M. Interface strength and fiber content influence on corn stover fibers reinforced bio-polyethylene composites stiffness. "Polymers", 1 Març 2021, vol. 13, núm. 5, p. 768:1-768:14.