Study of the mechanical properties of PVC/banana fiber composites

Mechanical properties (tensile and impact resistance), specific weight and phase morphology of PVC/banana tree fiber composites were evaluated in this paper. The fibers were extracted from de pseudostem of the banana tree and mixed with a rigid PVC compound in the proportions of 5, 10 and 20% in volume by the extrusion process. Specimens were obtained by injection molding. The composites showed improvement of the impact and tensile properties, reduction of the specific weight, making possible the production of final products.

Poly(vinyl cloride); PVC; banana tree fiber; composites

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