Synthetic Polymer Composites Reinforced by Bamboo Fibers

Authors

  • Jean-Marc Saiter,

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    • AMME International Laboratory – LECAP EA4528, Institute for Material Research, University of Rouen and INSA Rouen, BP12–76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray Cedex, France
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  • Antonella Esposito,

    1. AMME International Laboratory – LECAP EA4528, Institute for Material Research, University of Rouen and INSA Rouen, BP12–76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray Cedex, France
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  • Larisa Dobircau,

    1. AMME International Laboratory – LECAP EA4528, Institute for Material Research, University of Rouen and INSA Rouen, BP12–76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray Cedex, France
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  • Joseph A Turner,

    1. AMME International Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA
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  • Rameshwar Adhikari

    1. Central Department of Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Summary

Composites made of a thermoplastic matrix reinforced by bamboo fibers were obtained by extrusion and injection methods. It was found that the lignin of the bamboo fibers protects them from thermal exposure and prevents their degradation. As a consequence, in spite of the relatively high processing temperatures required for polymer melting, it is possible to obtain composite materials with acceptable properties for specific low-tech applications.

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