What is the technical and environmental interest in reusing a recycled polypropylene-hemp fibre composite?

  • Bourmaud A
  • Le Duigou A
  • Baley C
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The integration of the environmental problem in the design of industrial products leads us to incorporate vegetal fibres and recycled polymers into composite materials. The aim of this work is to study the behaviour and the environmental interest of a recycled PP/hemp fibre after several injection cycles. The mechanical and rheological behaviour of recycled PP/hemp composite was first studied by using tensile, dynamical mechanic analysis and rheological measurements. Then, to better understand the influence of the recycling, a morphology study was carried out on composites by using optical and electron microscopy. Finally, we investigated the environmental advantages of our composite thanks to a simplified environmental assessment. Our results highlighted the environmental interest of using a recycled matrix to prepare composites reinforced with vegetal fibres and the interesting properties of this material after recycling. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Environmental analysis
  • Hemp fibre
  • Mechanical properties
  • Polypropylene
  • Recycling

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