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Title: Composites from wood and plastics

Author: Clemons, Craig;

Date: 2010

Source: 2009 Wood and Fiber Product Seminar : VTT and USDA joint activity, September 22-23, 2009. VTT symposium ; 263. [Helsinki], Finland : VTT, c2010: p. 52-56: ISBN: 9789513875893 (soft back ed.): 951387589X (soft back ed.): 9789513875909 (electronic ed.): 9513875903 (electronic ed.)

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Composites made from thermoplastics and fillers or reinforcements derived from wood or other natural fibers are a dynamic research area encompassing a wide variety of composite materials. For example, as the use of biopolymers grows, wood and other natural fiber sources are being investigated as renewable sources of fillers and reinforcements to modify performance. Nanocellulose, whether cellulose nanocrystals or fibrillated cellulose, have interesting characteristics and offer new composite opportunities if efficient, economical, and scalable methods of producing both the reinforcements and the composites are developed. Experimental and analytical tools are being developed to evaluate the intrinsic material properties of the interphase or to examine the highly nonlinear behavior of large-scale, structural components, for example. This research will result in improved understanding of material behavior and identify new opportunities for composites that may be quite different from those currently produced.

Keywords: Composite materials, wood plastic composites, biocomposites, thermoplastic composites, nanocomposites, fillers, nanocrystals, biopolymers, renewable natural resources, research, sustainable forestry, wood-plastic materials, nanocellulose, utilization, forest resources, review article

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Clemons, Craig. 2010. Composites from wood and plastics. In: Harlin, Ali; Vikman, Minna, eds. 2009 Wood and Fiber Product Seminar, VTT and USDA joint activity, VTT symposium 263. 2009 September 22-23. Helsinki, Finland: VTT, c2010: p. 52-56: ISBN: 9789513875893 (soft back ed.): 951387589X (soft back ed.): 9789513875909 (electronic ed.): 9513875903 (electronic ed.)


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