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TitleWaste fiber reinforced composite materials: production and mechanical properties
Author(s)Velosa, J. C.
Fangueiro, Raúl
Martins, N.
Fernandes, M.
Soutinho, Hélder Filipe Cunha
Keywordscomposite material
waste fibers
Issue date2013
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
JournalMaterials Science Forum
Abstract(s)Today, the cost, excellence and availability of raw materials are of principal importance. Due to environmental concerns, a very large number of companies are currently developing manufacturing processes using alternative materials for their crop and in search of new markets for the sub-products of their first-line production. Textile industry is an example of the reality that the industry is living these days. With a significant production of waste fibrous materials, textile companies are now looking for applications where waste materials could be an added-value material. Composites reinforced by fibres are being considered for several uses when high performance is essential. The corrosion resistance, potentially high overall durability, light weight, tailor ability and high specific performance attributes enable the use of composite materials in areas in which the use of conventional material might be constrain due to durability, weight or lack of design flexibility. This paper describes the work that is being done at University of Minho concerning the development of waste fibers reinforced composite materials. Different waste fibers reinforced composite materials have been produced varying the density and the variation in ratio of resin and waste fibers. Waste fibers have been collected within some textile companies and processed in order to individualize the fibers and to allow subsequent processing. Composite panels have been produced by compression moulding technique, through the application of heat and pressure. Panel thicknesses of 5 mm using resin aminoplastic for urea-formaldehyde have been produced. Materials thus obtained have been tested in tensile, bending, compression test. The results obtained are presented and discussed.
TypeConference paper
Publisher version
AccessRestricted access (UMinho)
Appears in Collections:DET/2C2T - Artigos em revistas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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