Research progress in wood-plastic composites: A review
Turku, Irina; Kärki, Timo (2014)
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The interest towards wood-plastic composites (WPCs) is growing due to growing interest in materials with novel properties, which can replace more traditional materials, such as wood and plastic. The use of recycled materials in manufacture is also a bonus. However, the application ofWPCs has been limited because of their often poor mechanical and barrier properties, which can be improved by incorporation of the reinforcing fillers. Nanosized fillers, having a large surface area, can significantly increase interfacial interactions in the composite on molecular level, leading to materials with new properties. The review summarizes the development trends in the use on nanofillers for WPC design, which were reported in accessible literature during the last decade. The effect of the nanofillers on the mechanical properties, thermal stability, flammability and wettability ofWPC is discussed.
Irina Turku, Timo Kärki.(2014) Research progress in wood-plastic nanocomposites: A review. Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, 2014, Vol 27(2) 180–204. DOI: 10.1177/0892705713486131