Effects of wood fiber size on the performance of biodegradable foam

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Deng, Layun, He, Hongchen, Chen, Zejun, Liu, Shan and Chevali, Venkata S.. 2017. "Effects of wood fiber size on the performance of biodegradable foam." Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy. 11 (3), pp. 206-209. https://doi.org/10.1166/jbmb.2017.1662
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Effects of wood fiber size on the performance of biodegradable foam

ERA Journal ID42106
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDeng, Layun (Author), He, Hongchen (Author), Chen, Zejun (Author), Liu, Shan (Author) and Chevali, Venkata S. (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy
Journal Citation11 (3), pp. 206-209
Number of Pages4
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1556-6560
1556-6579
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1166/jbmb.2017.1662
Web Address (URL)https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/asp/jbmb/2017/00000011/00000003/art00006
Abstract

Biodegradable foam for cushion packing materials was prepared with wood fiber and starch through mold foaming. This study investigated the effect of wood fiber size and content on the mechanical properties of the foam. The results showed the size and content of the wood fiber bearing significant influences on the density, compressive strength, and tensile strength of the resultant foams. Lower size of wood fiber aided in better foaming, and a 40 wt% of 125–180 μm wood fiber yielded the best mechanical properties among the blends investigated. The behavior of the foaming agent was a function of the foaming temperature, and 150 °C was deemed as the optimum temperature for foaming. The compressive strength increased with an increase in wood fiber fraction, whereas the tensile strength decreased with increased wood fiber fraction. Overall, physical and mechanical properties of the biodegradable foams developed herein showed potential as cushion packing materials.

Keywordsbiodegradable foam; mechanical properties; size; wood fibre
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020401602. Composite and hybrid materials
300705. Forestry biomass and bioproducts
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Byline AffiliationsChinese Academy of Forestry, China
Centre for Future Materials
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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