Banana and abaca fiber-reinforced plastic composites obtained by rotational molding process

Z. Ortega*, M. D. Monzón, A. N. Benítez, M. Kearns, M. McCourt, P. R. Hornsby

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Natural fibers can be used in rotational molding process to obtain parts with improved mechanical properties. Different approaches have been followed in order to produce formulations containing banana or abaca fiber at 5% weight, in two- and three-layer constructions. Chemically treated abaca fiber has also been studied, causing some problems in processability. Fibers used have been characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), optical microscopy, and single-fiber mechanical tests. Rotomolded parts have been tested for tensile, flexural, and impact properties, demonstrating that important increases in elastic modulus are achieved with these fibers, although impact properties are reduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)879-883
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials and Manufacturing Processes
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 03 Aug 2013


  • Fibers
  • Polymers
  • Processing
  • Reinforcement
  • Rotomolding
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)


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