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Mechanical properties of water hyacinth fibers – polyester composites before and after immersion in water


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Abral, Hairul and Kadriadi, D. and Rodianus, A. and Mastariyanto, P. and Ilhamdi, and Arief, Syukri and Salit, Mohd Sapuan and Ishak, Mohamad Ridzwan (2014) Mechanical properties of water hyacinth fibers – polyester composites before and after immersion in water. Materials and Design, 58. pp. 125-129. ISSN 0264-1275; ESSN: 1873-4197

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This study reported moisture absorption of untreated and treated individual water hyacinth (WH) fibers as well as comparison the mechanical properties of WH fibers – unsaturated polyester (UPR) matrix composites after and before immersion in water. The result shows that the individual WH fibers treated with various alkali concentration did not exhibit significantly decreases of their moisture absorption. SEM photograph in cross section of the treated WH fibers shows swollen cell wall containing more nano and micro hollows. Tensile and flexure strength of the wet composite samples are lower than that of dried ones. However, increases volume fraction of the WH fibers in UPR matrix affected slightly on enhancement mechanical properties of the composite samples.


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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
DOI Number: 10.1016/j.matdes.2014.01.043
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Water hyacinth fibers; Moisture absorption; Unsaturated polyester
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 10:21
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 10:21
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/34476
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