publication . Article . 2014

Investigating the influence of alkalization on the mechanical and water absorption properties of coconut and sponge fibers reinforced polypropylene composites

Okikiola Ganiu AGBABIAKA; Isiaka Oluwole OLADELE; Paul Toluwalagbara OLORUNLEYE;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Nov 2014 Journal: Leonardo Electronic Journal of Practices and Technologies (issn: 1583-1078, eissn: 1583-1078, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: AcademicDirect
Abstract
Natural fibers are products made from renewable agricultural and forestry feedstock, which can include wood, grasses, and crops, as well as wastes and residues. There are two primary ways these fibers are used: to create polymers or as reinforcement and filler. Thermoplastic polymer may be reinforced or filled using natural fibers such as coir, sponge, hemp, flax, or sisal. This paper focused on the influence of alkalization (NaOH treatment) on the mechanical and water absorption properties of selected natural fibers (coconut and sponge fibers) reinforced polypropylene composites. In this study, coconut and sponge fiber were extracted from its husk by soaking th...
Subjects
free text keywords: Coconut fiber, Sponge fiber, Alkalization, Polypropylene, Mechanical properties, Electronic computers. Computer science, QA75.5-76.95
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