Mechanical properties of palm fibre reinforced recycled HDPE

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Aldousiri, B., Alajmi, M. and Shalwan, A.. 2013. "Mechanical properties of palm fibre reinforced recycled HDPE ." Advances in Materials Science and Engineering. 2013, pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/508179
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Mechanical properties of palm fibre reinforced recycled HDPE

ERA Journal ID44448
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAldousiri, B. (Author), Alajmi, M. (Author) and Shalwan, A. (Author)
Journal TitleAdvances in Materials Science and Engineering
Journal Citation2013, pp. 1-7
Number of Pages7
Year2013
PublisherHindawi Publishing Corporation
Place of PublicationNew York, NY. United States
ISSN1687-8434
1687-8442
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/508179
Web Address (URL)http://www.hindawi.com/journals/amse/2013/508179/
Abstract

Recently, recycled thermoplastic polymers become an alternative resource for manufacturing industrial products. However, they have low mechanical properties compared to the thermosets. In this paper, an attempt has been made to enhance the mechanical properties of recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE) with chopped strand mat (CSM) glass fibres as a synthetic reinforcement and with short oil palm fibres as a biodegradable (natural) reinforcement. The effects of volume fraction of both synthetic and natural fibres on tensile, compression, hardness, and flexural properties of the HDPE were investigated. The failure mechanism of the composite was studied with the aid of optical microscopy. Tensile properties of the HDPE composites are greatly affected by the weight fraction of both the synthetic and the natural fibres. The higher strength of the composites was exhibited when at higher weight fraction of both natural and syntactic fibres which was about 50 MPa. Date palm fibre showed good interfacial adhesion to the HDPE despite the untreated condition used. On the other hand, treatment of the fibres is recommended for higher tensile performance of the composites.

Keywordspolyethylene; palm oil; glass fibre; strengthening; reinforcing; date palm; properties
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020340502. Natural products and bioactive compounds
401609. Polymers and plastics
401706. Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation
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Copyright © 2013 B. Aldousiri et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Byline AffiliationsMinistry of Electricity Water and Renewable Energy, Kuwait
College of Technological Studies, Kuwait
Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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