Automotive Biocomposites based on Nano-Fibrillated Cellulose Technology

G. Minhas
Performance BioFilaments Inc,
Canada

Keywords: nano-fibrillated cellulose, biocomposites, automotive, lightweighting

Summary:

The presentation will summarize recent activities of Performance BioFilaments toward the use of cellulose based materials to reinforce thermoplastics, providing opportunities for improves strength and lightweight components. Cellulose filaments, also known as nan-fibrillated cellulose is produced using a proprietary process that utilizes a mechanical treatment on sustainably produced wood pulps to generate the nano cellulose. Due to the high aspect ratio, this material has shown improved performance of a wide variety of composites suitable for use in automotive applications. The presentation will highlight the use of nano-fibrillated cellulose, along with other natural fibers in reinforcing composite materials while providing light weighting opportunities. Recent work on compounding cellulosic materials with polypropylene and polyamide composites will be discussed. Comparisons to glass fiber reinforced polypropylene and polyamide will also be presented.