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Zhou, X., Chen, L., and Lin, Q. (2012). "Effects of chemical foaming agents on the physico-mechanical properties and rheological behavior of bamboo powder-polypropylene foamed composites," BioRes. 7(2), 2183-2198.


To make full use of bamboo resources in China and explore the foaming mechanism of bamboo powder-polypropylene (PP) foamed composites, a foamed composite of 54 wt% PP and 13 wt% HMSPP containing 33 wt% bamboo powder blends was prepared by injection moulding. Effects of chemical foaming agents (CFA) on the mechanical properties and rheological behavior of foamed composites were investigated. The mechanical measurements and ESEM test results indicated that the composite with 1% modified exothermic FA had smaller cell size and better cell distribution compared with endothermic FA. It also had better physico-mechanical properties, with a decrease of 14.2% in density and an increase of 16.8% to 40.2% in the specific tensile, bending, and notched impact strength compared with the non-foamed composite. The frequency sweep results indicated that all composites had a shear- thinning behavior, and both the modulus and complex viscosity of composite with 1% exothermic FA decreased compared with those of the non-foamed composite. The shear rate scans revealed that the non-Newtonian fluid index increased with the increase of exothermic FA content. The viscous activation energy of the modified composite with 1% exothermic FA was 46.41KJ·mol-1. This was an increase of 8.9% compared with that of the non-foamed analogue.
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