Development and characterisation of jute reinforced natural matrix composites
by D. D'Amico, F. Martina, G. Ingrosso, G. Mele, A. Maffezzoli, A. Tarzia, C. Stifani
International Journal of Materials and Product Technology (IJMPT), Vol. 36, No. 1/2/3/4, 2009

Abstract: The aim of this work is the development of composite materials obtained using as matrix a resin derived from renewable resources. New pre-polymers derived from cardanol, a natural phenol extracted from the shell of the cashew nut, were synthesised. In particular cardanol based novolac-type phenolic resins, capable to form thermoset polymers when blended to commercial epoxy or isocyanate monomers, were successfully developed. Composite laminates obtained using a jute fabric were fabricated and characterised. Jute fabrics were used with and without a surface treatment with NaOH and silane coupling agents. An amount larger than 50% of natural originating materials is present in the laminates.

Online publication date: Wed, 12-Aug-2009

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