Surface, Physicomechanical, and Chemical Properties of Wood/Polypropylene Composites from Various Formulations after Accelerated Weathering
Keywords:Wood-plastic composites, Recycled polypropylene, Accelerated weathering
Accelerated weathering experiments were used to examine the durability and changes in various attributes of WPCs manufactured with the same wood powder size but varying polypropylene-to-wood ratios. Results from the accelerated weathering test revealed color changes, and each attribute generally declined with longer weathering times. In terms of mechanical qualities, the preservation of strength and stiffness increased with increasing plastic content. More wood flour led to higher moisture uptake in frequent humidity fluctuations and high temperatures. It also caused swelling as wells as subsequent cracks. Such surface damage could result in faster weathering and worse mechanical qualities. Additionally, the carbonyl index and the functional groups on the surface of WPCs underwent significant changes with increased weathering time.