Effect of triacetin on tensile properties of oil palm empty fruit bunch fiber-reinforced polylactic acid composites.
Ahmad Saffian, Harmaen and Abdan, Khalina and Abd Rahman, Mohd Faizal and Mohammad Jawaid, (2013) Effect of triacetin on tensile properties of oil palm empty fruit bunch fiber-reinforced polylactic acid composites. Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 52 (4). pp. 400-406. ISSN 0360-2559; ESSN: 1525-6111
The effects of triacetin as a plasticizer on the tensile properties and morphology of oil palm empty fruit bunch (EFB) fiber-reinforced polylactic acid (PLA) composites were studied. In this research, pulverized oil palm EFB fiber size from 0.25–0.50 mm were weighted with different fiber loadings and mixed with 5% triacetin. The obtained results indicated that the tensile strength and the Young's modulus of PLA/EFB composites with the addition of triacetin were enhanced at an 80% PLA and 20% EFB fiber loading. The interfacial properties between PLA and the EFB fiber were improved after the addition of triacetin.
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