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Effects of date palm leaf fiber on the thermal and tensile properties of recycled ternary polyolefin blend composites

Zadeh, K. M. and Inuwa, I. M. and Arjmandi, R. and Hassan, A. and Almaadeed, M. and Mohamad, Z. and Khanam, P. N. (2017) Effects of date palm leaf fiber on the thermal and tensile properties of recycled ternary polyolefin blend composites. Fibers and Polymers, 18 (7). pp. 1330-1335. ISSN 1229-9197

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This work investigated the effects of date palm leaf fiber (DPLF) content on the thermal and tensile properties; and morphology of compatibilized polyolefin ternary blend. Recycled polyolefin ternary blend consisting of low density polyethylene (RLDPE), high density polyethylene (RHDPE) and polypropylene (RPP) were fabricated at different parts per hundred resin (phr) of DPLF. Maleic anhydride grafted polyethylene (MAPE) was used as compatibilizer to enhance the adhesion between filler and polymer matrix. The composites were prepared using melt extrusion and tests samples were produced via injection molding process. Thermal conductivity results showed that as much as 11 % reduction in thermal conductivity was achieved with the incorporation of 30 phr DPLF. Highest tensile strength was observed with the incorporation of 10 phr DPLF. The elongation at break was reduced with the addition of DPLF due to impediment of chain mobility by the fillers. Initial degradation temperature increased with the addition of DPLF. Hence, it is concluded that DPLF can be used to develop green and thermally insulating composites. It is hoped that the present results will stimulate further studies on the thermally insulative materials based on natural fibers reinforced polymer composites for applications in the building industries.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:date palm leaf fiber (DPLF), polyolefin ternary blend
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions:Chemical Engineering
ID Code:76175
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:25 Jun 2018 17:06
Last Modified:25 Jun 2018 17:06

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