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Materials 2019, 12(6), 881;

Thermal Properties of Wood-Plastic Composites with Different Compositions

School of Forestry and Landscape Architecture, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, China
College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
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Received: 22 February 2019 / Revised: 12 March 2019 / Accepted: 13 March 2019 / Published: 15 March 2019
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The thermal performance of wood–plastic composites (WPCs) with different fiber, different fiber contents, and different lubricants were investigated in this paper. The results show that the thermal degradation temperature, melting temperature, crystallization temperature, crystallinity, and viscosity of WPCs with wood fiber were slightly higher than those of WPCs with floor sanding powder and rice husk. As the wood fiber content increased, the melting temperature and crystallinity of WPCs decreased while the crystallization temperature, viscosity, and pseudoplasticity increased. When the wood fiber content was increased to 60%, the dimensional stability of WPCs tended to be constant, and a higher wood fiber content was not conducive for processing of WPCs. WPCs had a small coefficient of linear thermal expansion at low temperature and demonstrated a good dimensional stability. The presence of lubricant reduced the viscosity and increased the pseudoplasticity of the WPCs, which is advantageous for the dimensional stability of WPCs at low temperature while making it worse for high temperatures. View Full-Text
Keywords: composites; WPC; wood fiber; rice husk; recycled HDPE; thermal properties composites; WPC; wood fiber; rice husk; recycled HDPE; thermal properties

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Guo, Y.; Zhu, S.; Chen, Y.; Li, D. Thermal Properties of Wood-Plastic Composites with Different Compositions. Materials 2019, 12, 881.

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