Physico-thermal properties of kenaf fiber/high-density polyethylene/maleic anhydride compatibilized composites

Salleh, Fauzani Md and Hassan, Aziz and Yahya, Rosiyah and Mohd Isa, Muhammad Rafiq and Lafia-Araga, Ruth Anayimi (2018) Physico-thermal properties of kenaf fiber/high-density polyethylene/maleic anhydride compatibilized composites. High Performance Polymers, 30 (8). pp. 900-910. ISSN 0954-0083

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Kenaf fiber/high-density polyethylene/maleic anhydride (MA)-compatibilized composites were melt mixed in a twin-screw extruder and molded using injection molding machine. Physicothermal properties of the composites were studied at different percentages of compatibilizer contents using various techniques. The addition of 8% compatibilizer into 8.5 and 17.5 wt% fiber content improved the adhesion and tensile strength by 14.5% and 13.6%, respectively. Compatibilized samples exhibited higher peak load and fracture energy on impact testing compared to the samples without maleic anhydride compatibilizer. The effect of the addition of maleic anhydride compatibilizer on peak load and fracture energy was observed to be at its highest at 8%. Differential scanning calorimetric measurements revealed that the melting enthalpy and degree of crystallinity of composites increased with increasing compatibilizer content up to 8% and then decreased at 12% compatibilizer content. Dynamic mechanical analysis showed that the storage modulus of composites was increased, but the loss modulus and tangent delta were decreased after the addition of compatibilizer. This indicates that compatibilized composites produced have improved toughness and reduced stiffness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maleic anhydride; physical and thermal properties; kenaf fiber; composites
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Centre for Foundation Studies in Science > Chemistry Division
Faculty of Science > Dept of Chemistry
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 08:29
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 08:29

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