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Polymers 2019, 11(3), 478;

A Study of Some Mechanical Properties of a Category of Composites with a Hybrid Matrix and Natural Reinforcements

Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Craiova, 13 A.I. Cuza, 200396 Craiova, Romania
Department of Mechanics, University of Craiova, 165 Calea Bucureşti, 200620 Craiova, Romania
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Received: 30 January 2019 / Revised: 5 March 2019 / Accepted: 6 March 2019 / Published: 12 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainable Polymeric Materials from Renewable Resources)
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The current composite materials must meet a double challenge, one that involves obtaining mechanical properties suitable to the field of activity in which they are used and another one, equally important, that requires that they be renewable. In this paper, we have obtained a category of composite materials that have natural reinforcements (fabrics of flax, cotton, hemp, cattail leaves, and wheat straw). As a matrix, we have used three types of hybrid resin, in the composition of which we used the natural resin dammar, in different majority volume proportions. The differences, up to 100%, were represented by epoxy resin and its associated reinforcement, to generate a quick process of polymerization. We have measured certain mechanical properties and the damping properties of the three types of hybrid resin and of the composite materials under study. Based on these properties, we point out a few fields of activity where these composite materials can be used. View Full-Text
Keywords: composite materials; hybrid resin; natural reinforcement; mechanical properties composite materials; hybrid resin; natural reinforcement; mechanical properties

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