Mechanical characterization of wood plastic composite sandwich panels with foam core

Authors: Kavianiboroujeni, Azam
Advisor: Rodrigue, DenisCloutier, Alain
Abstract: The aim of this work is to produce and characterize asymmetric three-layer sandwich structures with and without foam core. In order to do so, the work is divided in two sections. In the first part, the effect of coupling agent and fiber content is investigated. Micrographs and mechanical characterizations are used to show that the addition of maleic anhydride polyethylene (MAPE) improved the compatibility between hemp and high density polyethylene (HDPE). It is found that the optimum mechanical properties (tension, flexion, torsion and impact) are obtained with 9% wt. of MAPE in the composite. In the second part, asymmetric three-layer sandwich structures with and without foam core were produced using extrusion followed by compression molding. The effect of different parameters such as core density, skin hemp content, layer thickness, and stacking sequence on their flexural and impact behaviors are studied. The combined effect of all the parameters was found to control the mechanical properties (tension, torsion, flexion and impact) of asymmetric sandwich structures.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2015
Open Access Date: 23 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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