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Effect of fibre configurations on mechanical properties of flax/tannin composites.

Zhu, J.; Njuguna, J.; Abhyankar, H.; Zhu, H.; Perreux, D.; Thiebaud, F.; Chapelle, D.; Pizzi, A.; Sauget, A.; de Larminat, A.; Nicollin, A.


J. Zhu

H. Abhyankar

H. Zhu

D. Perreux

F. Thiebaud

D. Chapelle

A. Pizzi

A. Sauget

A. de Larminat

A. Nicollin


Flax reinforced tannin-based composites have a potential to be used in vehicle applications due to the environmental advantages and good mechanical properties. In this paper, the effects of fibre configuration on mechanical properties of flax/tannin composites were investigated for nonwoven and woven fabric lay-up angles (UD, [0{deg}, 90{deg}]2 and [0{deg}, +45{deg}, 90{deg}, ?45{deg}]2). The tannin/flax composites were prepared by compression moulding. The manufactured specimens were then characterized for quasi-static tensile properties, dynamic mechanical properties and low-energy impact performance. Failure mechanism was further investigated using microscopy and demonstrated the need for further adhesion improvements. The study shows that the UD fabric reinforced composite performs better in tensile strength and modulus whereas [0{deg}, +45{deg}, 90{deg}, ?45{deg}]2 composite provides the best impact energy absorption performance.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 31, 2013
Journal Industrial crops and products
Print ISSN 0926-6690
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Pages 68-76
Institution Citation ZHU, J., NJUGUNA, J., ABHYANKAR, H., ZHU, H., PERREUX, D., THIEBAUD, F., CHAPELLE, D., PIZZI, A., SAUGET, A., DE LARMINAT, A. and NICOLLIN, A. 2013. Effect of fibre configurations on mechanical properties of flax/tannin composites. Industrial crops and products [online], 50, pages 68-76. Available from:
Keywords Laminate; Flax fibre; Biocomposite; Tannin; Compression moulding


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