Submitted to: Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Oil Chemists' Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: March 20, 2005
Publication Date: May 1, 2005
Citation: Liu, Z., Erhan, S.Z., Akin, D.E., Barton Ii, F.E. 2005. Development of soybean oil/flax fiber based composites by compression molding method. Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Oil Chemists' Society. pg. 106 Technical Abstract: In recent years there has been considerable interest in using natural plant fibers as reinforcements for plastics. The motivation includes cost, performance enhancement, weight reduction, and environment. High-performing flax fiber could potentially substitute glass or carbon fibers as reinforcements for plastics. In this study, we report the development of soybased composites from mixture of epoxidized soybean oil (ESO) and epoxy resin, 1,1,1-tris(p-hydroxyphenyl) ethane triglycidyl ether (THPE-GE), reinforced with flax fiber using the compression molding method. Diethylenetriamine (DETA) and triethylenetetramine (TETA) are used as curing agents. The effects of the ESO/THPE-GE ratio, fiber loading, curing temperature, and pressure on mechanical properties of composites are studied and reported.