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Wang, C., Xian, Y., Cheng, H., Li, W., and Zhang, S. (2015). "Tensile properties of bamboo fiber-reinforced polypropylene composites modified by impregnation with calcium carbonate nanoparticles," BioRes. 10(4), 6783-6796.

Abstract

Tensile properties of bamboo fiber (BF)/polypropylene (PP) composites were investigated for different impregnation modification processes. The surface morphology of BF and the fracture morphology of the BF/PP composites were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Images showed that CaCO3 nanoparticles (nano-CaCO3) adhered to the fiber surfaces. Tension tests of individual bamboo fibers (IBFs) and the BF/PP composites were conducted. The results indicated that the tensile strength (TS), modulus of elasticity (MOE), and elongation at break (EAB) of IBFs increased by 16.0%, 22.2%, and 5.2%, respectively, while those of the BF/PP composites increased by 3.0%, 7.0%, and 15.8%, respectively, compared to the control samples. Various process parameters during the impregnation with nano-CaCO3 had marked effects on the tensile properties of the composites. The optimal conditions for BF-reinforced PP composites by impregnation modification were determined to be a nano-CaCO3 concentration of 1.0×10-2 g/mL, an ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid disodium salt (EDTA-2Na) additive concentration of 8.5×10-4 g/mL, and an impregnation time of 25 min.
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