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  • 1.
    Adekunle, Kayode
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Cho, Sung-Woo
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Patzelt, Christian
    Blomfeldt, Thomas
    Skrifvars, Mikael
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Impact and flexural properties of flax fabrics and Lyocell fiber-reinforced bio-based thermoset2011In: Journal of reinforced plastics and composites (Print), ISSN 0731-6844, E-ISSN 1530-7964, Vol. 30, no 8, p. 685-697Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A bio-based thermoset resin was reinforced with flax fabrics and Lyocell fiber. The effect of different weave architectures was studied with four flax fabrics with different architectures: plain, twill (two different types), and dobby. The effect of the outer ply thickness was studied and characterized with flexural and impact testing. Composites manufactured with plain weave reinforcement had the best mechanical properties. The tensile strength, tensile modulus, flexural strength, flexural modulus, and impact strength were 280 MPa, 32 GPa, 250 MPa, 25 GPa, and 75 kJ/m2, respectively. Reinforcements with twill-weave architecture did not impart appreciable flexural strength or flexural modulus even when the outer thickness was increased. Plain- and dobby (basket woven style)-weave architectures gave better reinforcing effects and the flexural properties increased with an increase in outer thickness.Water absorption properties of the composites were studied and it was observed that the hybridization with Lyocell fiber reduced the water uptake. Fieldemission scanning electron microscopy was used to study the micro-structural properties of the composites.

  • 2.
    Jabbari, Mostafa
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Åkesson, Dan
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Skrifvars, Mikael
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Novel lightweight and highly thermally insulative silica aerogel-doped poly (vinyl chloride)-coated fabric composite2015In: Journal of reinforced plastics and composites (Print), ISSN 0731-6844, E-ISSN 1530-7964, Vol. 34, no 19, p. 1581-1592Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Novel lightweight and highly thermal insulative aerogel-doped poly(vinyl chloride)-coated fabric composites wereprepared on woven fabrics made of polyester fibres using knife coating method, and their performances were comparedwith neat composite. The composites were prepared by incorporating a commercial aerogel to a ‘green’ poly(vinylchloride) (PVC) plastisol. The effect of aerogel-content, thermal insulating property, thermal degradation, surface characteristics,tensile and physical properties of the composites were investigated. Results revealed that aerogel couldreduce thermal conductivity, density and hydrophilicity of the composites dramatically without significant decrease inother properties. Experimental results showed that thermal insulation properties were enhanced by 26% (from 205 to152 mW/m-K), density decreased by 17% (from 1.132 to 0.941 g/cm3) and hydrophobicity increased by 16.4% (from76.02 to 88.671.48) with respect to the unmodified coated fabric. Analyses proved that composite with 3% aerogel isthe lightest by weight, while 4% showed the highest thermal insulation. The results showed that 4% is the criticalpercentage, and preparation of composites with aerogel content higher than 4% has limitations with the given formulationdue to high viscosity of plastisol. The prepared composite has potential applications in many fields such asdevelopment of textile bioreactors for ethanol/biogas production from waste materials, temporary houses and tents,facade coverings, container linings and tarpaulins. The prepared composite can be considered ‘green’ due to usage of anon-phthalate environment-friendly plasticiser.

  • 3. Rajan, Rathish
    et al.
    Riihivuori, Johanna
    Rainosalo, Egidija
    Skrifvars, Mikael
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Järvelä, Pentti
    Effect of viscose fabric modification on the mechanical and water absorption properties of composites prepared through vacuum infusion2014In: Journal of reinforced plastics and composites (Print), ISSN 0731-6844, E-ISSN 1530-7964, Vol. 33, no 15, p. 1416-1429Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Viscose fabric-reinforced unsaturated polyester composites were successfully prepared through vacuum infusion process. Unidirectional viscose fabric was modified by two different organosilane coupling agents and by acetylation treatment. The main objective was to study the influence of fabric treatment on the mechanical and water absorption properties of the composites. Flexural, tensile and impact properties of composites were studied. The results from mechanical testing of composites pointed out that 3-aminopropyltriethoxy silane treatment increased the flexural and impact strengths of the composites with respect to untreated fabric composite. The impact strength of 3-aminopropyltriethoxy silane-treated fabric composites almost doubled compared to the value of untreated fabric composite. Among all the composites under study, those with fabrics treated by 2 vol% 3-aminopropyltriethoxy silane in ethanol/water (95:5) solution exhibited significant improvement in water uptake resistance. An unsaturated polyester gelcoat and topcoat were applied as the outer surface on the composites with untreated fabric. This was done in order to investigate the visual surface appearance and evaluate the gelcoat and topcoat effect on water absorption after accelerated water immersion test. The regenerated cellulose fibre as reinforcement shows high potential to be used as an alternative for natural bast fibres, especially, when toughness of material matters. Chemical treatment of regenerated cellulose fibres could result in improvement in properties of polymer composites, considering that the appropriate treatment method is selected for the corresponding fibre–matrix system.

  • 4.
    Ramamoorthy, S. K.
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Di, Q.
    Adekunle, K.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Skrifvars, M.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Effect of water absorption on mechanical properties of soybean oil thermosets reinforced with natural fibers2012In: Journal of reinforced plastics and composites (Print), ISSN 0731-6844, E-ISSN 1530-7964, Vol. 31, no 18, p. 1191-1200Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Natural fiber composites are known to absorb more water than glass fiber reinforced composites. In this study, hybrid natural fiber composites were prepared by combining different fiber reinforcements, and both the water absorption and the mechanical properties were studied. Compression molding technique was used to manufacture composite laminates from a bio-based resin (acrylated epoxidized soybean oil) and natural fibers: non-woven and woven jute, non-woven regenerated cellulose mat (Lyocell and viscose), and woven glass fiber. The composite laminates were cured at 160–170 C and 40 bar, with a fiber content of 40 wt%. We investigated effect of pretreatment of regenerated cellulose fiber using 4% NaOH solution. The gravimetric water absorption was tested by exposure to water for 10 days. Specimens were cut from composites with laser-cutting technique according to ISO standards, and tested for tensile, flexural, and impact strength. To determine the influence of water absorption on the mechanical properties, specimens were immersed in distilled water for 10 days before testing. As a reference, dry specimens were tested. The results showed that water absorption was reduced by producing hybrid composites with jute fibers, glass fiber, and Lyocell fiber. The tensile, flexural, and impact properties were improved by inclusion of glass fiber and Lyocell in the composite. The tensile and flexural properties of natural fiber reinforced composites were mostly affected by the influence of water, but this was improved considerably by hybridization with glass and Lyocell fibers. The viscoelastic properties of the manufactured composites and hybrid composites were studied using dynamic mechanical thermal analysis.

  • 5.
    Ramamoorthy, Sunil Kumar
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Kundu, Chanchal Kumar
    Adekunle, Kayode
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Bashir, Tariq
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Skrifvars, Mikael
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Properties of green composites with regenerated cellulose fiber and soybean-based thermoset for technical applications2014In: Journal of reinforced plastics and composites (Print), ISSN 0731-6844, E-ISSN 1530-7964, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 193-201Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Composites were developed by reinforcing available non-woven Lyocell and viscose in acrylated epoxidized soybean oil (AESO). Compression molding was used to make composites with 40–60 wt% fiber content. The fiber content comprises only Lyocell or viscose fiber, or mixture of these fibers in known ratio. Hybrid composites were made by a mixture of both the fibers in known ratio and it affects the properties. The effect of hybridization was evident in most tests which gives us an opportunity to tailor the properties according to requirement. Lyocell fiber reinforced composites with 60 wt% fiber content had a tensile strength and modulus of about 135 MPa and 17 GPa, respectively. Dynamic mechanical analysis showed that the Lyocell fiber reinforced composites had good viscoelastic properties. The viscose fiber reinforced composites had the high percentage elongation and also showed relatively good impact strength and flexural modulus. Good fiber-matrix adhesion reflected in mechanical properties. SEM images were made to see the fiber-matrix compatibility.

  • 6.
    Åkesson, Dan
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Fazelinejad, Samaneh
    Skrifvars, Ville-Viktor
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Skrifvars, Mikael
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Mechanical recycling of polylactic acid composites reinforced with wood fibres by multiple extrusion and hydrothermal ageing2016In: Journal of reinforced plastics and composites (Print), ISSN 0731-6844, E-ISSN 1530-7964, Vol. 35, no 16, p. 1248-1259Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Åkesson, Dan
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Foltynowicz, Zenon
    Christéen, Jonas
    Skrifvars, Mikael
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Microwave pyrolysis as a method of recycling glass fibre from used blades of wind turbines2012In: Journal of reinforced plastics and composites (Print), ISSN 0731-6844, E-ISSN 1530-7964, Vol. 31, no 17, p. 1136-1142Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The possibility of recycling glass fibre-reinforced composites by using microwave pyrolysis was examined. A scrap blade from a wind turbine was fragmented and microwave-pyrolysed. The glass fibre recovered after pyrolysis represented 70% of the initial mass of glass fibre-reinforced composites. The tensile strength of the glass fibre recovered was measured after pyrolysis and compared to the tensile strength of untreated glass fibre. The test showed that the fibres lost about 25% of their tenacity. Non-woven fibre mats were prepared from the recovered fibres. Laminates were then prepared from the non-woven mats obtained, together with virgin glass fibre mats. Mechanical testing of the laminates showed that it is possible to prepare composites using 25 wt% of recycled fibres, with relatively good mechanical properties.

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