Natural-fibre-mat-reinforced thermoplastic composites based on flax fibres and polypropylene

R.W.H. Heijenrath, A.A.J.M. Peijs

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Natural-fibre-mat-reinforced thermoplastics (NMTs) based on flax fibres and a polypropylene (PP) matrix were manufactured using a film-stacking method. The influence of fibre content on stiffness and strength is reported and compared with data for glass-mat-reinforced-thermoplastics (GMTs), including the influence of improved fibre/matrix adhesion as a result of the use of maleic-anhydride grafted PP. Additionally, unidirectional and random-flax-mat composites based on epoxy resin were manufactured as reference materials. Results indicated that NMTs are of interest for low cost engineering applications, especially when a high stiffness per unit weight is desirable
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-85
JournalAdvanced Composites Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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