Evaluation of injection moulded natural fibre-polyolefin for potential in automotive applications

Thomason, James and Rudeiros-Fernández, José Luis (2019) Evaluation of injection moulded natural fibre-polyolefin for potential in automotive applications. In: 4th International Conference on Natural Fibers, 2019-07-01 - 2019-07-03.

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a study on the measurements of the interfacial adhesion of coir fibre with various polyolefin matrices along with the mechanical properties of their related injection moulded composites. Fibre-matrix adhesion, including the effect of coupling agent, was characterised using the fibre pull-out method. The addition of coupling agent significantly increased the interfacial shear strength of coir fibre polypropylene. Results are also presented from tensile and impact testing of coir reinforced polyolefin composites. The results show that the coupling agent increases composite tensile strength and unnotched impact strength.