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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||Production and Evaluation of Recycled Polymers from Acai Fibers|
|Abstract:||The possibility of recycling and the favorable mechanical properties of the products have encouraged the study and production of thermoplastic composites from natural fibrous waste. Acai (cabbage palm) fiber, which is removed from the seed, has been slightly investigated, as compared to what is already known about the fruit pulp. In this study, the influence of a a fiber as an element of reinforcement in recycled everyday usage thermoplastics using simple, low cost methodology was evaluated. Recycled matrixes of high impact polystyrene and polypropylene were molded by hot compression from which the fiber composites were obtained. The FTIR technique showed that the process was efficient in preventing degradation of the acai fibers. The influence of the fiber on the mechanical behavior of the recycled matrixes was investigated by microscopic images of compression and impact tests. The results showed better impact performance for the fiber combined with the polymeric matrixes.|
|Editor:||Univ Fed Sao Carlos, Dept Engenharia Materials|
|Appears in Collections:||Artigos e Materiais de Revistas Científicas - Unicamp|
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