BIO-BASED COMPOSITES FROM STONE GROUNDWOOD APPLIED TO NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Fernando Julian, Jose Alberto Méndez, Francesc X. Espinach, Narcís Verdaguer, Pere Mutje, Fabiola Vilaseca

Abstract


This paper deals with the product design, engineering, and material selection intended for the manufacturing of an eco-friendly chair. The final product is expected to combine design attributes with technical and legal feasibility with the implementation of new bio-based materials. Considering the industrial design, a range of objectives and trends were determined after setting the market requirements, and the final concept was proposed and modeled. The product geometry, production technology, and legal specifications were the input data for product engineering. The material selection was based on the technical requirements. Polypropylene (PP) composite materials based on coupled-fiberglass, sized-fiberglass, and coupled-stone ground wood reinforcements were prepared and characterized. Final formulations based on these PP composites are proposed and justified.

Keywords


Discontinuous reinforcement; Polymer-matrix composites (PMC); Finite element analysis (FEA); Natural fiber; Mechanical properties

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