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Polymers 2018, 10(8), 814;

Characterization and Research on Mechanical Properties of Bamboo Plastic Composites

The College of Forestry, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu 030801, China
Wood Science and Technology, International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan, Beijing 100102, China
State Grid Shanxi Electric Power Research Institute, Taiyuan 030001, China
Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Wooden Material Science and Application, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
Mechanical Energy Engineering Department, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76207-7102, USA
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Received: 1 July 2018 / Revised: 18 July 2018 / Accepted: 19 July 2018 / Published: 25 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mechanics of Emerging Polymers with Unprecedented Networks)
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The focus of this study was to observe the mechanical properties of bamboo plastic composites (BPCs) with bamboo pulp fiber (BPF) or white mud (WM). The essential work of fracture (EWF) methodology was used to characterize the impact toughness of BPCs. The results revealed an increase in flexural, tensile and impact properties, when adding the BPF in the BPCs. While the flexural properties of WM-reinforced BPCs revealed increasing, there was a decrease in tensile and impact strength. In an impact strength analysis study, BPF-filled BPCs showed excellent impact property over WM-filled BPCs; scanning electron microscopy (SEM) helps to explain impact fracture behavior of BPCs. EWF analysis of impact results showed that the specific essential work of fracture (we) increased significantly with the amount of BPF used in BPCs but decreased with the increase of WM in the BPCs. There was similar variation for the non-essential plastic work (βwp) of BPCs. This result indicates that the fracture initiation and fracture propagation of BPCs are different. View Full-Text
Keywords: bamboo plastic composites; mechanical properties; essential work of fracture methodology bamboo plastic composites; mechanical properties; essential work of fracture methodology

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Xian, Y.; Ma, D.; Wang, C.; Wang, G.; Smith, L.; Cheng, H. Characterization and Research on Mechanical Properties of Bamboo Plastic Composites. Polymers 2018, 10, 814.

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