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Research Letters in Materials Science
Volume 2007, Article ID 87072, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2007/87072
Research Letter

Studies on the Polypropylene Composites Reinforced by Ramier Fiber and K2Ti6O13 Whisker

1Institute of Material of Science and Engineering, Changsha University of Science and Technology, Changsha 410076, China
2State Key Laboratory of Advanced Design and Manufacture for Vehicle Body, Hunan University, Hunan 410082, China

Received 2 August 2007; Accepted 17 October 2007

Academic Editor: D. Chen

Copyright © 2007 Chun-Guang Long 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

Polypropylene composites reinforced by the ramier fiber and K2Ti6O13 whisker were successfully prepared by means of the torque rheometer blending and transfer molding. Their mechanical properties were tested, and the fracture surface of the composite was analysed by SEM technique. Results showed that the mechanical properties were improved by the addition of 10% of K2Ti6O13 whisker besides the impact strength. The RF is benefit for improving the mechanical properties of PP after being surface-treated properly.