Effect of moisture on tensile properties of oil palm empty fruit bunch (EFB) unsaturated polyester composites

Mohamad Ali, S. (2008) Effect of moisture on tensile properties of oil palm empty fruit bunch (EFB) unsaturated polyester composites. [Project Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This research addressed to the oil palm empty fruit bunch fibre as the potential fibre for fibre reinforced polymer composites. An oil palm empty fruit bunch reinforced polyester composites have been fabricated in a random orientation. The specimens are categorized according to its fibre volume fraction (10%, 15% and 20%), the type of surface treatment (untreated, NaOH and Silane), and moisture content (1%, 2%, 3% and 4%). A moisture absorption test and tensile test according to ASTM D3039 standard has been carried out in order to determine the moisture content and understand the moisture effects of the composite under tension. The results showed that the untreated composites with 20% fibre volume fraction and 1% of moisture content had the best mechanical properties in terms of tensile strength, Young’s modulus and energy at break. Furthermore, it also verified that the increment of moisture content in specimen with the same fibre volume fraction and surface treatment reduced the tensile strength.

Item Type: Project Report
Additional Information: Project Report (B.Sc.) -- Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 2008.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Polyesters, Glass--Reinforced plastics,Polyesters, Patents, 2008, Engineering, UNIMAS, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, research, undergraduate, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2014 02:36
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2015 01:54
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/4515

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