The influence of moisture content on the mechanical properties of wood and natural fiber reinforced composites

Christoph Burgstaller, Wolfgang Stadlbauer

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Abstract

The aim of this work was to investigate the influence of absorbed water on the mechanical properties of wood plastic as well as natural fiber reinforced composites. Different composites, with variations in wood content, wood type (and also with flax fibers) and polymer type were produced via twin screw extrusion and injection molding. Mechanical testing (tensile and impact properties) was carried out on samples in the initial state and after certain intervals of water storage. The results are discussed in terms of wood and fiber content and type as well as polymer type, to show the correlation between water uptake and formulation of the composites.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication67th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2009, ANTEC 2009
Pages2697-2701
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event67th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2009, ANTEC 2009 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: 22 Jun 200924 Jun 2009

Publication series

NameAnnual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings
Volume5

Conference

Conference67th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2009, ANTEC 2009
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period22.06.200924.06.2009

Keywords

  • Mechanical properties
  • Water absorption
  • Wood plastic composite

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