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Biodegradable PLA-Kenaf fibre biocomposite for cleaner environment

Anuar, Hazleen and Ahmad, Zuraida and F., Fuad (2010) Biodegradable PLA-Kenaf fibre biocomposite for cleaner environment. In: Malaysian Science and Technology Congress (MSTC 2010), 9-11 November 2010, Crystal Crown Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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This project was undertaken to study the biodegradability of PLA-KF biocomposite in different conditions; soil burial and immersion in water. The samples were buried in soil for 40 days to investigate the degradability of biocomposites. As for water absorption tests, the samples were immersed in three different types of water which were river water (pH 6), tap water (pH 7) and sea water (pH 7.5). The amount of water intake was weighed for every three days for 27 days. This is done to determine the rate of water absorption and the effect on the physical properties of biocomposites. From the soil burial tests, it was found that longer time of soil burial and higher reinforcement of kenaf fibre has increases the weight loss of PLA biocomposite. Further, it was predicted that biodegradability may be increased up to 34.5% by prolong the burial of reinforced PLA biocomposite in the soil up to 80 days.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 4130/845
Uncontrolled Keywords: biodegradable, biocomposite, kenal fibre, polyclactic acid, soil burial test, water absorption
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS195 Packaging
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Dr Hazleen Anuar
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2011 12:18
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2012 12:13
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/845

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