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Natural Fibers - Compounding Best Practices

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Recorded on Jan 14, 2016

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.

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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 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...) 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
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
  • Course Outline

    The following sections will be covered:

    1. The Biocomposites Market
      • Types of Biocomposites, Pros & Cons...

    2. Natural Fibers Market
      • Sources, Types, Properties
      • Price, avalability, format...
      • Comparison with traditional fibers

    3. Compounding with Natural Fibers
      • Effect of Moisture, Temperature
      • Mixing/Feeding
      • Additivation

    4. Process Troubleshooting around common challenges : Causes & Solutions
      • Moisture intake & Odour
      • Fiber burning & breakage
      • Bad dispersion / disaggregation
      • Too high viscosity
      • Bad shape, colour and texture of pellets
      • ...

    5. Real life Case Studies related to Automotive, Electronics...

    6. Future Developments & Road Ahead

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    Members Reviews

    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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