Fabrication process optimization of hemp fibre reinforced polypropylene composites

Yan, Z. L. and Wang, H. and Lau, K. T. and Zhang, J. C. and Zhang, H. and Ding, Y. (2012) Fabrication process optimization of hemp fibre reinforced polypropylene composites. In: 8th Asian-Australasian Conference on Composite Materials (ACCM 2012): Composites: Enabling Tomorrow's Industry Today, 6-8 Nov 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Natural fibre composites combine the advantage of reducing the usage of products from petroleum by using a renewable natural resource, and offering an enhanced structural performance by the addition of natural fibre. Natural fibre composites also feature competitive pricing because of its economical natural components. In this research natural fibre reinforced polypropylene composites are produced using noil hemp fibre from textile industry. A study of the influence of processing parameters, including mixing temperature, mixing time and rotor speed, on mechanical properties (tensile strength, flexural strength and impact strength) of the hemp fibre reinforced composites was carried out. The experimental setting is based on a full-factorial design of experiments. The range of these factors is set as: mixing temperature 165-175°C, mixing time 12-20 min and speed of rotation 30-50 rpm. The results of a factorial analysis show that the mixing temperature has the most evident impact on all three mechanical properties and the flexural strength has lowest sensitivity to all the three experimental conditions. Finally confirmation experiments were conducted under the optimized conditions, resulting in significant high mechanical properties.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2012 Asian-Australasian Association for Composite Materials (AACM). All rights reserved. No parts of this document may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the permission of the copyright owner. Any request to reproduce any part of the proceedings should be directed to the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 04:25
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2015 05:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: hemp fibre; natural fibre composites; fabricating process; mechanical properties; orthogonal design
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091012 Textile Technology
03 Chemical Sciences > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030502 Natural Products Chemistry
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22805

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