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Fabrication of the self-reinforced composites using co-extrusion technique



The results of this work relate to the use of co-extrusion technology in the preparation of monocomposite pellets. The low-melting polypropylene copolymer was used as a matrix material. The high strength polypropylene fibers were used as a fibrous reinforcement. Research confirms the possibility to produce the pellets with fibrous structure. The prepared composite material in the form of pellets was processed and shaped using the injection molding technology. Obtained samples were subjected to mechanical testing in the static tensile test and dynamic mechanical analysis. Research complements microscopic observation of scanning electron microscopy. The measurement results confirm the reinforcing effect of the fibers. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2014, 131, 41180.