ILU as a partner in the Agro4Comp project consortium is a well-versed protagonist in processing biogenic materials, especially grain, grain products and grain by-products for food and technical applications.
The combination of fibres to polymeric materials results in composite materials with new, improved or specific properties.
The development of polymer materials reinforced with natural fibres (NFP) was promoted by increasing environmental awareness and the principles of sustainable development, as well as economical and technical advantages in comparison to glass-fibre reinforced polymers (GFP). Fibres of different plant origin can be used in NFPs, while the most common is wood fibre. Wood-polymer-composites (WPCs) are an established material category and commonly used in diverse application fields.
The aim of the project is the development of NFPs reinforced with natural fibres of not commonly utilised sources. The cellulosic fibre materials to be used will be obtained from remnant of grain processing. Grain by-products have not been used extensively yet, despite the fact that they represent a renewable raw material source for biogenic fibres.
The achieved results are meant to enable a direct industrial implementation.
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Robin Knapen
Institut für Lebensmittel- und Umweltforschung e.V.
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