Vegetable oil based rigid foam composites

Chevali, Venkata ORCID: and Fuqua, Michael and Ulven, Chad A. (2011) Vegetable oil based rigid foam composites. In: Handbook of bioplastics and biocomposites engineering applications. John Wiley and Scrivener Publishing LLC, United States, pp. 269-283. ISBN 978-047062607-8


Rigid polymeric foams reinforced with natural or synthetic fibers constitute a major class of semi-structural composite materials. With the existing emphasis shifting from petroleum-based resources towards renewable resources, and sustainable engineering and materials, the usage of vegetable oils for producing biopolymers and resins through chemical syntheses is ever increasing. For rigid-foam composites, the usage of vegetable-oil-based, polyether- and polyester-urethane resins bring about a predominant renewable fraction. The degree of renewability in rigid foam composites is further increased by the addition of a natural fiber/filler, such as flax fiber or hemp fiber, which with exceptions, always cause increased mechanical performance over their unreinforced foam counter-parts. Production of these rigid foam composites is dependent upon the fiber content and the specific foam type, with reaction injection molding (RIM) and mold casting positioned as leading production methods. Many industrial sectors have been penetrated by rigid foam biocomposites, chiefly marine and construction, but a major market for these materials is the transportation industry, which harnesses the superior mechanical performance, cost-effectiveness, and biorenewability of rigid-foam biocomposites in many underbody applications.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 03:22
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2017 02:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: rigid foam; vegetable oil; fiber reinforced composite; reaction injection molding; rigid foam applications
Fields of Research (2008): 03 Chemical Sciences > 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry > 030304 Physical Chemistry of Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 34 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 3403 Macromolecular and materials chemistry > 340305 Physical properties of materials
40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401602 Composite and hybrid materials
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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