Ultra-light-weight composites from bamboo strips and polypropylene web with exceptional flexural properties

Shah Huda, Narendra Reddy, Yiqi Yang

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Abstract

Fine bamboo strips (BSs) have been laid on polypropylene (PP) web, stacked, and compression molded to prepare unconsolidated light-weight (0.312 g/cm 3) composites. Composite properties are superior compared with jute-based composites and bamboo strips show potential to replace fiberglass or polyurethane in composites. Flexural strength, modulus, offset yield load, and Noise Reduction Coefficient (NR) of the BS-PP composites are 5.8×, 2.9×, 6.5×, and 1.4× higher, respectively, compared to jute-PP composites. Bamboo-based non-consolidated composites with excellent mechanical and sound absorption properties utilizing the methods described in this research provide an opportunity to manufacture functional composites with bio-based materials leading to reduction of environmental pollution and sustainable manufacturing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1658-1664
Number of pages7
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2012

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Keywords

  • A. Layered structures
  • B. Strength
  • Bamboo
  • D. Mechanical testing
  • E. Lay-up (manual/automated)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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