Biocomposites Produced from Hardwood Particles by Equal Channel Angular Pressing Without Additives
Yu Bai, Xiaoqing Zhang, Kenong Xia
JOURNAL OF COMPOSITES SCIENCE | MDPI | Published : 2019
Equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) has been shown to be a promising method for producing biocomposites from wood particles. However, severe plastic deformation during ECAP would cause considerable cracking when consolidation is carried out without a binder. In this study, the processing conditions were investigated for ECAP of hardwood particles into bulk biocomposites without any additives. Crack formation and wood cell deformation were examined in conjunction with thermal stability and crystallinity of the biocomposites. In comparison with hot pressing without severe shearing, a decrease in crystallinity and severe deformation of wood cells occurred during ECAP. Improved processability ..View full abstract
We would like to thank Roger Curtain from the Bio 21 Advanced Microscopy Facility (the University of Melbourne), Liz Goodall from Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (the University of Melbourne), Weidong Yang from CSIRO, and Edward Lui from RMIT University for their valuable assistance with experiments. Yu Bai acknowledges financial support from the Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship and Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS).