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Eco-friendly wood polymer composites for sustainable design applications

Venkatesh, GS and Karmarkar, Ajay and Gurumoorthy, B and Deb, A (2012) Eco-friendly wood polymer composites for sustainable design applications. In: CIRP Design 2012, 2012, Bangalore.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-4507-3_38


Environmental inputs can improve the level of innovation by interconnecting them with traditional inputs regarding the properties of materials and processes as a strategic eco-design procedure. Advanced engineered polymer composites are needed to meet the diverse needs of users for high-performance automotive, construction and commodity products that simultaneously maximize the sustainability of forest resources. In the current work, wood polymer composites (WPC) are studied to promote long-term resource sustainability and to decrease environmental impacts relative to those of existing products. A series of polypropylene wood–fiber composite materials having 20, 30, 40 and 50 wt. % of wood–fibers were prepared using twin-screw extruder and injection molding machine. Tensile and flexural properties of the composites were determined. Polypropylene (PP) as a matrix used in this study is a thermoplastic material, which is recyclable. Suitability of the prepared composites as a sustainable product is discussed.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: Springer London
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer London.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 07:36
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2014 07:36
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/48610

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