Date of Award

2011

Publication Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Sc.

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Elena Maeva

Keywords

Pure sciences, Biological sciences

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

Biocomposites have become widely used materials these days. Due to their light weight and ability to be tailored for specific end uses they have gained a considerable ground in the high performance applications, such as aerospace and automobile industry. However, the use of polymers that can be recycled with carbon and other niche fibers renders the composite non-recyclable. The objective of this present research work was to study the resistance of the Biocomposite and Wood Plastic Composite materials to water. A Biocomposite made up of biopolymer reinforced with switchgrass fibers and a WPC prepared from High density polyethylene reinforced with wood flour fillers were studied for the water absorption behaviour at three different temperatures were evaluated. In addition, density changes, dimensional stability and acoustic properties of the WPC and switchgrss/biopolymer composite were evaluated.

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