Oil Palm Fibre Reinforced Phenol Formaldehyde Composites: Influence of Fibre Surface Modifications on the Mechanical Performance
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- Sreekala, M.S., Kumaran, M.G., Joseph, S. et al. Applied Composite Materials (2000) 7: 295. doi:10.1023/A:1026534006291
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Oil palm fibres have been used as reinforcement in phenol formaldehyde resin. In order to improve the interfacial properties, the fibres were subjected to different chemical modifications such as mercerisation, acrylonitrile grafting, acrylation, latex coating, permanganate treatment, acetylation, and peroxide treatment. The effect of fibre coating on the interface properties has also been investigated. Morphological and structural changes of the fibres were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and IR spectroscopy. Mechanical properties of untreated and treated fibres were studied. Changes in stress–strain characteristics, tensile strength, tensile modulus and elongation at break of the fibres upon various modifications were studied and compared. The incorporation of the modified fibres resulted in composites having excellent impact resistance. Fibre coating enhanced the impact strength of untreated composite by a factor of four. Tensile and flexural performance of the composites were also investigated. Finally, inorder to have an insight into the failure behaviour, the tensile and impact fracture surfaces of the composites were analysed using scanning electron microscope.