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Preliminary Study On The Mechanical Properties Of Polypropylene Rice Husk Composites

Mustapa, Mohd Shahril Ezuan and Hassan, Azman and Rahmat, Abdul Razak (2005) Preliminary Study On The Mechanical Properties Of Polypropylene Rice Husk Composites. In: Simposium Polimer Kebangsaan Ke-V, 23-24 August 205, Residence Hotel, UNITEN.

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Abstract

The interest in the utilization of rice husk as fillers in thermoplastics has increased recently mainly due to the needs in overcoming the environmental problems caused by agricultural by-product. This paper reports on the effects of coupling agent and impact modifier on the mechanical properties of polypropylene rice husk composites. Ethylene 1-octene copolymers (EOC) and maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MaPP) were used in this study as the impact modifier and coupling agent, respectively. These compounds were melt blended using twin screw extruder and then injection molded into standard test samples. Improvement of 35% in flexural strength was observed with the addition of 4 wt% of MaPP into the composites with 30 wt% rice husk. Incorporation of 20 wt% of EOC in the composites has also shown significant enhancement in the impact properties of the blends but reduced the flexural modulus.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords:rice husk, mechanical properties, impact modifier, coupling agent, thermoplastics composites
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions:Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering (Formerly known)
ID Code:3267
Deposited By: Dr Abdul Razak Rahmat
Deposited On:22 May 2007 03:27
Last Modified:01 Jun 2010 03:08

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