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|Type:||Artigo de evento|
|Title:||Curaua Fiber Plastic Composites|
Dos Santos P.A.
De Paoli M.-A.
|Abstract:||Among the natural fibers with potential application as reinforcement for polymers, curaua fiber is one that has recently received special attention from researchers. Curaua is a plant from the Bromeliad family, cultivated in the Brazilian Amazon region. The fiber is extracted from its leaves, providing a high mechanical strength over traditional fibers like sisal, jute and flax. Thermoplastic composites made using curaua fiber provide lighter weight materials, with good physical properties. Plastic composites made using Nylon 6 and curaua fiber showed very similar mechanical properties to mineral filled composites and only about 20% reduction in mechanical properties when compared to glass filled products. When the densities of the composites are considered, curaua filled product have higher specific tensile strength and modulus than mineral filled composites, allowing these products to be suitable in commercial applications especially where weight reduction is sought. This paper reviews compounding, fiber-polymer interaction and properties of these composites.|
|Appears in Collections:||Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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