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Mechanical properties of polystyrene/polypropylene reinforced coconut and jute fibers

Mohd Hatta, Mohamed Nasrul and Akashah, Nairul Akmar (2008) Mechanical properties of polystyrene/polypropylene reinforced coconut and jute fibers. In: CUTSE International Conference 2008, 24-27 November 2008, Miri, Sarawak.


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In this study, polystyrene/polypropylene (PS/PP) reinforced coconut and jute fibers were prepared by injection moulding. The total fiber content was fixed at 10wt% with the ratios of 100/0, 75/25, 50/50, 25/75 and 0/100 weight of coconut fiber/jute fiber. The effects of reinforced coconut and jute fibers on mechanical properties of polystyrene (PS) and polypropylene (PP) have been investigated. Generally, the addition of 10wt% of fiber (consisted of coconut and jute fiber) has increased tensile properties of composites. The tensile strength for composites reinforced 100wt% of jute fiber ratio was higher than composites reinforced 100wt% of coconut fiber ratio due to better mechanical properties of single fiber. However the value of young’s modulus were contrast which composite reinforced 100% of coconut fiber ratio shows the highest value and decreased with the increasing of jute fiber. Impact strength of the composites was decreased by adding of 10wt% fibers. The morphology of impact fracture surface was observed by SEM to determine the fracture mode of the composite.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural fibers, polymer blend composites, mechanical properties
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 03:59
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2015 01:39
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/110
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