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Mechanical and physical performance of cowdung-based polypropylene biocomposites


Siddiqui, Mohammad Khalid and Ratnam, Chantara Thevy and Abdullah, Luqman Chuah and Walvekar, Rashmi and Ching, Yern Chee and Ketabchi, Mohammad Reza (2018) Mechanical and physical performance of cowdung-based polypropylene biocomposites. Polymer Composites, 39 (1). 288 - 296. ISSN 0272-8397; ESSN: 1548-0569


In this work, potential of cow dung (CD) as a reinforcing material was evaluated. CD was blended in different ratios up to 50 wt% with polypropylene (PP) using Brabender twin‐screw compounder. The results show a steady decline in the biocomposite tensile and impact strength with increasing CD loading. In contrast, the storage modulus (E′), flexural modulus, and water absorption capacity of the biocomposites increased with increasing CD loading. Furthermore, it was revealed by SEM that the failure of the PP/CD biocomposites at higher filler loading was because of the week interfacial bonding. Results established that the properties of PP/CD biocomposites are a function of CD loading.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/pc.23928
Publisher: Wiley
Keywords: Cowdung‐based polypropylene biocomposites; Cow dung; Biocomposite
Depositing User: Mr. Sazali Mohamad
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2019 07:07
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2019 07:07
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/74920
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