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Title: Dynamic mechanical behavior of vinylester matrix composites reinforced by Luffa cylindrica modified fibers.
Authors: Botaro, Vagner Roberto
Novack, Kátia Monteiro
Siqueira, Éder José
Keywords: Composites
Mechanical properties
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: BOTARO, V. R.; NOVACK, K. M.; SIQUEIRA, E. J. Dynamic mechanical behavior of vinylester matrix composites reinforced by Luffa cylindrica modified fibers. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, v. 124, p. 1967-1975, 2012. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 20 mai. 2017.
Abstract: Currently, there is a demand for new engineering materials presenting a combination of strength, low density, processing easiness, and reduced costs. In this context, polymer matrix composites reinforced by natural fibers have been studied in recent years due to their ecological and economic advantages. Some fibers are still little explored in literature despite presenting a great potential as reinforcement like Luffa cylindrica. The present work aims at the preparation and characterization of a vinylester thermoset matrix composite material reinforced by fibers of the natural L. cylindrica fruit after modification treatments. In this study, extraction treatments in organic solvents, mercerization, and a quite new esterification with BTDA dianhydrides were used and the results showed that in all cases, the composite materials reinforced by Luffa fibers have showed improvements in mechanical and thermal properties compared to the vinylester matrix. As an example, 50% tensile increase was obtained for the composite reinforced by fibers esterified with benzophenone tetracarboxylic dianhydride when compared with thermoset matrix.
ISSN: 1097-4628
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