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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 9032525, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/9032525
Research Article

Effect of Wood Fillers on the Viscoelastic and Thermophysical Properties of HDPE-Wood Composite

1Department of Applied Science, University of Quebec in Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, QC, Canada G7H 2B1
2Laboratoire de Mécanique de Lille, Université de Lille 1, Villeneuve d’Ascq Cedex, France
3Laboratory of Plasturgy and Nanotechnology, University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rouyn-Noranda, QC, Canada J9X 6V6

Received 4 November 2015; Accepted 3 February 2016

Academic Editor: Matheus Poletto

Copyright © 2016 M. Tazi 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

Wood polymer composites (WPC) have well proven their applicability in several fields of the plasturgy sector, due to their aesthetics and low maintenance costs. However, for plasturgy applications, the characterization of viscoelastic behavior and thermomechanical and thermophysical properties of WPC with the temperature and wood filler contents is essential. Therefore, the processability of polymer composites made up with different percentage of wood particles needs a better understanding of materials behaviors in accordance with temperature and wood particles contents. To this end, a numerical analysis of the viscoelastic, mechanical, and thermophysical properties of composite composed of high density polyethylene (HDPE) reinforced with soft wood particles is evaluated.