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Natural Fibers- Sustainable reinforcement for Thermoplastics (Compounding, Processing & Trends)

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Recorded on Jun 29, 2023

Solve natural fibers compounding issues (high moisture absorption, low thermal stability…) and achieve as good performance as with traditional reinforcing agents.

Luis Roca will share:
  • best practices to improve your extruder feeding rate as well as the dispersion & compatibilization of natural fibers within the composite matrix.
  • Latest economic viability around the world along with your future roadmap based on polymers & applications.
  • Read the full Course Outline

Luis Roca Presented By:
Luis Roca
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

Natural fibers offer exciting opportunities for new business driven by sustainability, environmental and cost advantages. Yet, thermal degradation, moisture intake is still a frequent challenge among compounders.

Join next online course & learn how you can match performance set by traditional reinforcing agents:

  1. Save time reaching your requirements (low moisture intake, thermal stability, odors...) with natural fibers by wisely adjusting compounding parameters (screw profile, melt temperature...)

  2. Fine-tune your strategy by adjusting natural fiber concentration, length, type (flax, hemp, kenaf...) depending on your bioplastic

  3. Get expert insight on processing tips, equipment requirements and basic formulations for polypropylene, polyamide, polyethylene, bioplastics… using natural fibers reinforcements
Natural Fibers - Compounding Best Practices

Who should view this course?

  • Compounders who need practical support to work with natural fibers

  • Molders and Designers who want to clarify the advantages and limitations of biocomposites for their future developments

  • R&D professionals at Bioplastic suppliers, End-Users, Material Suppliers, Converters with an interest for natural fibers and biocomposites

  • Natural fibers suppliers who have interest in working with plastic industry.

  • OEM’s in electronics, home appliances, automotives etc.
  • Course Outline

    The following sections will be covered:

    1. Natural fibres as sustainable material
      • Sustainability and circularity of NNFF
      • Alternative for synthetic fibres and mineral fillers

    2. Natural Fibres Market and trends
      • World Economic scenario
      • Market forecasting
      • Future for natural fibres.
      • Polymers & Applicability

    3. Natural fibres compounding
      • Fibre types and formats
      • Compounding methodology
      • Typical compounds and formulations
      • Viscosities.
      • Other Additivities

    4. Process Troubleshooting
      • Fibre feeding
      • Fibre degradation and thermal stability
      • Odours and volatiles
      • Fibre dispersion.

    5. Final processing and case studies.
      • Injection moulding and extrusion considerations
      • Case studies in automotive and electric electronic
    6. 30 mins Q&A - Ask any question from the expert!

            Have a Query? Email Us for any Help!

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    Members Reviews

    Very good course content.

    Carolyn Kellock , from Plasticolors

    Found the information I was looking for.

    Jean Jacques , from Arkema

    Provided technical knowledge around the know how related to compounding with natural fibres.

    Petinakis , from Monash University

    An excellent guide in kind of different fibers and processing. Knowledge is built up on own trials.

    Marcus G. , from Kraton Polymers Research

    Provided useful information for when I begin my injection-moulding trials with natural fibres. Understood the importance of venting, shear control and feeding.

    Geoff F. , from NetComposites Ltd.

    The course helped me to better understand the many opportunities of combining natural fibers as reinforcement agents with polymers to create panels and other functional structures. The whole course was a good learning experience.

    John W. , from Keurig, Inc.

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