Sunny, T., Pickering, K. L., & McDonald-Wharry, J. (2021). Improving the alignment of dynamic sheet-formed mats by changing nozzle geometry and their reinforcement of polypropylene matrix composites. Journal of Composites Science, 5(9), 226–226. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcs5090226
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The main objective of this study was to improve the orientation of fibres within the mats produced using dynamic sheet forming (DSF). DSF is used to make fibre mats by forcing a fibre suspension through a nozzle onto a rotating drum. In this research, the effect of nozzle geometry on the orientation of hemp fibres within DSF mats was investigated. The orientation of fibres within the mats produced was assessed using ImageJ (OrientationJ) and X-ray diffraction. It was found that, as the contraction ratio of the nozzle increased, the orientation of fibres within the fibre mats increased. It was also found that the composite tensile strength increased with increased fibre orientation.
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