Mechanical and physical performance of cowdung-based polypropylene biocomposites

Khalid, Mohammad and Ratnam, Chantara Thevy and Abdullah, Luqman Chuah and Walvekar, Rashmi and Ching, Yern Chee and Ketabchi, Mohammad Reza (2016) Mechanical and physical performance of cowdung-based polypropylene biocomposites. Polymer Composites, 39 (1). pp. 288-296. ISSN 0272-8397, DOI

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In this work, potential of cow dung (CD) as a reinforcing material was evaluated. CD was blended in different ratios up to 50 wt% with polypropylene (PP) using Brabender twin-screw compounder. The results show a steady decline in the biocomposite tensile and impact strength with increasing CD loading. In contrast, the storage modulus (E′), flexural modulus, and water absorption capacity of the biocomposites increased with increasing CD loading. Furthermore, it was revealed by SEM that the failure of the PP/CD biocomposites at higher filler loading was because of the week interfacial bonding. Results established that the properties of PP/CD biocomposites are a function of CD loading.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Composite materials; Impact strength; Water absorption
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2019 08:28
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2019 08:28

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