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Findings from Research Institute Provide New Insights into Composite Materials (Improvement in thermomechanical properties of injection molded...

July 29, 2014



Findings from Research Institute Provide New Insights into Composite Materials (Improvement in thermomechanical properties of injection molded nano-modified hybrid biocomposite)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Current study results on Composite Materials have been published. According to news originating from Selangor, Malaysia, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Biopolymers and their composites are one of the best alternatives for replacing petroleum-based plastic commodities. The main drawback of biopolymer is its high cost that restricts its applications; however, biopolymers filled with natural fibers are able to reduce cost but suffer lower impact strength and fracture toughness."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Research Institute, "Nanoclay which has a very high aspect ratio shows a significant effect on mechanical and thermal properties. This article concentrates on hybridization of nanoclay and natural fibers. Mechanical properties show that with the addition of nanoclay, impact strength increases more than 50%; however, other mechanical properties are also increased, which are proved by fractography analysis. Thermal analysis shows that hybrid biocomposite exhibits higher storage modulus, decomposition temperature and higher percentage of crystallinity."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) analysis confirms formation of new bond between nanoclay and polymer matrix which is the main reason for improving thermal and mechanical properties of the hybrid biocomposite."

For more information on this research see: Improvement in thermomechanical properties of injection molded nano-modified hybrid biocomposite. Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, 2014;27(7):992-1009. Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials can be contacted at: Sage Publications Ltd, 1 Olivers Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1SP, England. (Sage Publications - www.sagepub.com/; Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials - jtc.sagepub.com)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from M.R. Kaiser, Rubber Res Inst Malaysia, Prod Dev Div, Crop Improvement & Protect Unit, Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia. Additional authors for this research include H. Anuar and S.B.A. Razak.

Keywords for this news article include: Selangor, Malaysia, Asia, Composite Materials

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