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Environmental Degradation of Plastic Composites with Natural Fillers—A Review

“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, 41A Grigore Ghica Voda Alley, 700487 Iasi, Romania
Polymers 2020, 12(1), 166; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12010166 (registering DOI)
Received: 20 November 2019 / Revised: 23 December 2019 / Accepted: 1 January 2020 / Published: 8 January 2020
Polymer composites are widely used modern-day materials, specially designed to combine good mechanical properties and low density, resulting in a high tensile strength-to-weight ratio. However, materials for outdoor use suffer from the negative effects of environmental factors, loosing properties in various degrees. In particular, natural fillers (particulates or fibers) or components induce biodegradability in the otherwise bio inert matrix of usual commodity plastics. Here we present some aspects found in recent literature related to the effect of aggressive factors such as temperature, mechanical forces, solar radiation, humidity, and biological attack on the properties of plastic composites containing natural fillers. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymer matrix; natural fibers; biodegradation; reprocessing; ageing; weathering polymer matrix; natural fibers; biodegradation; reprocessing; ageing; weathering
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Brebu, M. Environmental Degradation of Plastic Composites with Natural Fillers—A Review. Polymers 2020, 12, 166.

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