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Title: Effect of poly(methyl methacrylate) modified water hyacinth fiber on properties of low density polyethylene/ natural rubber/water hyacinth fiber composites
Authors: Supri, A. Ghani, Dr.
S. J, Tan
Hanafi, Ismail
Teh, Pei Ling
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Keywords: Low density polyethylene;Polymethyl methacrylate;Water hyacinth fibers
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Citation: Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, vol. 50 (9), 2011, pages 898-906
Abstract: The effect of poly(methyl methacrylate) modified water hyacinth fiber on properties of low density polyethylene (LDPE)/natural rubber (NR)/water hyacinth fiber (WHF) composites were investigated. The composites were prepared with Z-blade mixer at 180°C and rotor speed of 50 rpm. The poly(methyl methacrylate) modified water hyacinth fibers in LDPE/NR composites (LDPE/NR/WHF-PMMA) gave a greater value of tensile strength, Young's modulus, glass transition temperature (Tg), melting temperature (Tm), and % crystallinity compared to unmodified water hyacinth fibers in LDPE/NR composites (LDPE/NR/WHF). FTIR analysis shows the presence of ester carbonyl group and C-O ester group in poly (methyl methacrylate) modified water hyacinth fiber. The SEM micrograph also shows a better interfacial adhesion between the fibers and LDPE/NR matrixes for LDPE/NR/WHF-PMMA composites than LDPE/NR/WHF composites. LDPE/NR/WHF-PMMA composites had a lower value of interparticle spacing compared to LDPE/NR/WHF composites thatenhanced the interparticle interaction between fiber and LDPE/NR matrixes.
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URI: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03602559.2011.551981#preview
ISSN: 0360-2559 (Print)
1525-6111 (Online)
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