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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 841812, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/841812
Research Article

Mechanical and Thermal Behaviour of Ecofriendly Composites Reinforced by Kenaf and Caroà Fibers

1Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Polymers, National Research Council of Italy, Via Campi Flegrei, 34 80078 Pozzuoli (Na), Italy
2Department of Materials and Production Engineering, University of Napoli “Federico II”, p.le Tecchio, 80 80125 Napoli, Italy

Received 31 March 2011; Accepted 12 May 2011

Academic Editor: Susheel Kalia

Copyright © 2011 P. Persico et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Two kinds of environmental friendly composites were prepared based on sustainable matrices, respectively, defatted cross-linked soy flour and thermoplastic polyhydroxybutyrate cohydroxyvalerate, reinforced by natural fibers from Caroà and Kenaf plants. The obtained composites were compared in terms of moisture tolerance, thermal and mechanical properties, and thermoregulation ability. It was found that this ecofriendly systems have suitable properties for indoor applications in housing and transportation.