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Description: 15 vol % of short glass fibres are intimately mixed with the polypropylene matrix and injection moulded together. The fibre orientation reflects the flow of material into the mould. In this case, the fibres are well aligned in the outer layers of the moulding but more randomly aligned near the core.
Keywords: alignment • composite material • fibre • glass • glass fibre reinforced composite • glass fibres • injection moulding • polymer • polymer composite • polypropylene (PP) • thermoplastic • toughness
Categories: Science approaches > Microstructure
Materials > Hybrids > Composites > Polymer matrix
Materials > Polymers & elastomers > Plastics > Thermoplastics > Polypropylene (PP)
Testing, analysis & experimentation > Metallography
Scale > Micro
Created by: DoITPoMS, University of Cambridge
J A Curran, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
Published by: DoITPoMS, University of Cambridge
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Date created: 03 October 2002
Date added: 21 August 2009
Resource ID: 1629