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Materials 2018, 11(1), 35; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11010035

Manufacturing and Characterization of Composite Fibreboards with Posidonia oceanica Wastes with an Environmentally-Friendly Binder from Epoxy Resin

Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales-ITM, Universitat Politècnica de València-UPV, Plaza Ferrándiz y Carbonell 1, 03801 Alcoy, Spain
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Received: 29 October 2017 / Revised: 15 November 2017 / Accepted: 16 November 2017 / Published: 26 December 2017
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Highly environmentally-friendly fibreboards were manufactured by hot-press moulding using Posidonia ocaeanica wastes and a partially biobased epoxy resin as binder. Fibreboards with a constant fibre content of 70 wt % were successfully manufactured by thermo-compression. The effects of a conventional alkali treatment were compared to the synergistic effects that additional silanization with two silanes (amino and glycidyl) can exert on the mechanical and thermo-mechanical properties of fibreboards. The results revealed a remarkable improvement of the mechanical properties with the combination of the alkali treatment followed by the silanization. Scanning electron microscopy also revealed increased resin-fibre interactions due to the synergistic effect of both amino- and glycidyl-silanes. These fibreboards represent a formaldehyde-free solution and can positively contribute to sustainable development as the lignocellulosic component is a waste and the binder resin is partially biobased. View Full-Text
Keywords: biobased epoxy; fiber boards; waste management; Posidonia oceanica; hot-press manufacturing; coupling agents biobased epoxy; fiber boards; waste management; Posidonia oceanica; hot-press manufacturing; coupling agents
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Garcia-Garcia, D.; Quiles-Carrillo, L.; Montanes, N.; Fombuena, V.; Balart, R. Manufacturing and Characterization of Composite Fibreboards with Posidonia oceanica Wastes with an Environmentally-Friendly Binder from Epoxy Resin. Materials 2018, 11, 35.

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