Self-reinforced poly(lactic acid) composites - Processing conditions for industrial applications

Justine Beauson*, Giacomo Schilliani, Bo Madsen, Lien Van der Schueren, Guy Buyle, Hans Knudsen

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Abstract

One of the challenges related to the production of self-reinforced poly(lactic acid) (PLA) composites is to define optimal processing conditions. This is required in order to obtain proper melting of the low melting temperature PLA filaments used as matrix, and to maintain the full mechanical properties of the high melting temperature PLA filaments used as reinforcement. This paper focuses on defining the optimal temperature conditions to process self-reinforced PLA composites developed in the European H2020 project BIO4SELF, which aims to use PLA composites in industrial applications. Unidirectional PLA composites were manufactured and characterized using differential scanning calorimetry, mechanical testing and optical microscopy. The results show that 165˚C is the optimal process temperature for consolidation of the PLA composites.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 18th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2018
Publication date2018
ISBN (Electronic)9781510896932
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event18th European Conference on Composite Materials - Athens, Greece
Duration: 24 Jun 201828 Jun 2018

Conference

Conference18th European Conference on Composite Materials
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period24/06/201828/06/2018

Keywords

  • Self-reinforced polymer composite
  • Bio-composites
  • Manufacturing
  • Poly(lactic acid)
  • Sustainable

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