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Preliminary studies of rubber toughened polypropylene - kenaf fiber composite

H. H. , Hairuddin and S., Muddath and Anuar, Hazleen and N. A, Jamal (2009) Preliminary studies of rubber toughened polypropylene - kenaf fiber composite. In: 4th International Conference on Recent Advabces in Materials, Minerals & Environment and 2nd Asian Symposium on Material and Processing, 1st - 3rd June 2009, Penang, Malaysia.

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This project was undertaken to study about rubber toughened polyropylene-kenaf fiber composite. The composite of TPEs reinforced with kenaf fiber was prepared via melt blending method using Thermo Haake 600p internal mixer. TPEs that were used consist of blend of polypropylene (PP) and synthetic rubber (EPDM) AT 50PP/50EPDM ratio. The fiber content was varied from 0-20% volume fraction. TPEs-KF composite was blended at 180 C processing temperature, 40 rpm mixing speed and 10 minutes mixing time. Maleic anhydride-grafted-polypropylene (MAPP) was added at 5% by volume fraction for composite as coupling agent. A study on mechanical properties and fracture mechanism were carried out using tensile testing, impact testing, as well as SEM examination. A tensile property for PP-EPDM-KF composite was increased with the presence of MAPP. The impact strength for PP-EPDM-KF composite was reduced with the increasing of fiber content. SEM micrograph revealed the random orientation of KF, debonding and fiber pull out aggravated the failure and lower the mechanical properties of the composite.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Additional Information: 4130/12401
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Mrs Najibah Abu Bakar
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2011 07:44
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2014 09:36
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/12401

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