Loofah Sandwich Panels: The Effect of Adhesive Content on Mechanical and Physical Properties

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​Loofah Sandwich Panels: The Effect of Adhesive Content on Mechanical and Physical Properties​
Köhler, R.; Jurisch, M.; Mayer, A. K.; Mai, C. & Viöl, W.​ (2022) 
Materials15(20) pp. 7129​.​ DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15207129 

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Authors
Köhler, Robert; Jurisch, Marvin; Mayer, Aaron Kilian; Mai, Carsten; Viöl, Wolfgang
Abstract
In the development of new materials, the focus nowadays is increasingly on their relevance with regard to lightweight construction or environmental compatibility. The idea of a lightweight sandwich panel was inspired by an increasing number of cosmetic accessories that use the fibers of the loofah plant, a rapidly renewable, light, fibrous raw material. The aim of the study was to develop a fiber composite panel based on the fibers of the loofah plant (Luffa cylindrica) as core material and wooden veneer as the skin layer to be used in areas of lead construction. Three different panel variations were produced for the tests, with a fiber–adhesive ratio between 1:1.05, 1:0.8, and 1:0.5. The mechanical strength (flexural strength and internal bond) and the physical properties (density and thickness swelling) were determined as a function of the fiber–adhesive composition. The results show that the flexural strength increased by approx. 400% and the thickness swelling was reduced by 10% with increasing adhesive quantity.
Issue Date
2022
Journal
Materials 
Organization
Fakultät für Forstwissenschaften und Waldökologie ; Burckhardt-Institut ; Abteilung Holzbiologie und Holzprodukte 
eISSN
1996-1944
Language
English
Sponsor
Federal Ministry of Education and Research

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