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Surface Modification of Flax Fibers for Manufacture of Engineering Thermoplastic Biocomposites

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Institute of Plastics and Circular Economy IKK, Leibniz University Hannover, 30823 Garbsen, Germany
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Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC), Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada
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Fraunhofer Application Center HOFZET, Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI, 30453 Hanover, Germany
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School of Engineering, Thornbrough Building, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada
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J. Compos. Sci. 2020, 4(2), 64; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcs4020064
Received: 22 April 2020 / Revised: 15 May 2020 / Accepted: 28 May 2020 / Published: 1 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Journal of Composites Science in 2020)
The aim of this feasibility study is to develop application-oriented natural fiber-reinforced biocomposites with improved mechanical and durability performance. The biocomposites were manufactured via a film-stacking process of epoxy-coated flax textiles and polyamide 6 (PA6). The fabricated biocomposites were subjected to thermo-oxidative ageing for 250, 500 and 1000 h and tested with regard to tensile properties. The results show that the biocomposites with epoxy-coated flax fibers possess considerably higher tensile properties compared with the reference specimens under all tested conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: biocomposites; natural fibers; surface treatment; thermo-oxidative ageing; polyamide; flax biocomposites; natural fibers; surface treatment; thermo-oxidative ageing; polyamide; flax
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Shamsuyeva, M.; Chang, B.P.; Vellguth, N.; Misra, M.; Mohanty, A.; Endres, H.-J. Surface Modification of Flax Fibers for Manufacture of Engineering Thermoplastic Biocomposites. J. Compos. Sci. 2020, 4, 64.

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