Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)/lignocellulosic fiber biocomposite: Effect of artificial weathering on impact properties

Chevali, Venkata S. and Nerenz, Brent A. and Ulven, Chad A. (2012) Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)/lignocellulosic fiber biocomposite: Effect of artificial weathering on impact properties. Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy, 6 (1). pp. 42-50. ISSN 1556-6560


Impact properties of four ABS grades have been investigated as a function of artificial weathering under ultraviolet (UV)/condensation conditioning. Natural-colored, carbon-black-filled, and two lignocellulosic biocomposites filled with sunflower hull (SFH) and distillers' dried grains with solubles (DDGS) were used in this study. The neat ABS and filled grades were extruded and injection molded. Notched and unnotched Izod impact testing was performed to determine the impact resistance at 0 h and 168 h of UV/condensation conditioning. Chromatometry was performed to monitor color change and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was used to assess molecular changes because of photo-oxidation. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used for fractography of UV/condensation-exposed and impact fracture surfaces. The impact resistance of the lignocellulosic-filled ABS grades showed higher property retention at exposed condition in comparison to neat ABS. The analyses were supported by electron microscopy and FTIR spectroscopy.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 01:45
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2017 23:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: Artificial Weathering; Biocomposite; Impact Properties; Injection Molding; Lignocellulosic Fiber; Thermoplastic
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8606 Industrial Chemicals and Related Products > 860607 Plastic Products (incl. Construction Materials)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1166/jbmb.2012.1188

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