What is it about?

This work presents the use of numerical simulations as a tool to evaluate and reengineer the application of a biodegradable composite constituted by nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) and poly(lactic acid) (PLA), in the construction of mechanical components

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Why is it important?

Evaluating the use of PLA and NFC in the formation of biocomposite materials, with characteristics of mechanical strength that allow the application in mechanical systems is of industrial and academic interest, since industrial components are subjected to stress efforts, considering the possibility of replacing both polymers of fossil origin and non-renewable matrices commonly used, as well as metallic materials, in advanced engineering applications.

Perspectives

Through numerical simulation, it is possible to apply the mechanical properties, boundary conditions and application of loads to the mathematical model of the composite component, in addition to modifying it geometrically or even comparing it, when applying other materials with different characteristics. This strategy shortens the time to put the material for commercialization and may avoid other more expensive testing methods, being possible to apply it for optimization of materials and product design.

PhD Edimilson Zambaldi
Universidade Federal de Lavras

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This page is a summary of: Numerical simulation of poly(lactic acid) polymeric composites reinforced with nanofibrillated cellulose for industrial applications, Polymer Engineering & Science, October 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/pen.26165.
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