Natural Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastics Processed by Rotational Moulding
Rotational moulding or rotomoulding is a manufacturing process best suited for producing one-piece, hollow plastic products. The raw materials can be in powder or liquid form with linear polyethylene of varying densities being dominant worldwide. Due to the modest material properties of polyethylene, reinforcement in various forms have been incorporated within the rotomoulded components to improve the performance of these products. With the abundance and eco-friendliness of natural fibre resources, this study has focused on the use of sisal and woodfibres along with linear medium density polyethylene (LMDPE) powder to produce rotomoulded composite components. Tensile and impact properties of the rotomoulded natural fibre-reinforced composites have been determined as a function of fibre content.
Deliang Zhang, Kim Pickering, Brian Gabbitas, Peng Cao, Alan Langdon, Rob Torrens and Johan Verbeek
K. Jayaraman et al., "Natural Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastics Processed by Rotational Moulding", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 29-30, pp. 307-310, 2007