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Effect of Industrial Waste on Chemical and Water Absorption of Bamboo Fiber Reinforced Composites

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Cement by-pass dust (CBPD) is a by-product of cement manufacturing plants, whereas the cenosphere flyash is generated by the coal based power plants. Cenosphere flyash and CBPD were used as particulate fillers to manufacture the bidirectional bamboo fiber reinforced polymer composites. In the present work two different sets of composites were fabricated using normal bidirectional bamboo fibers for one set and the alkali treated bidirectional bamboo fibers for the other set. For each set, filler materials were introduced with varying composition to fabricate the different samples. The fabricated samples are proposed to have a large number of industrial and civil engineering applications. In order to check their long term suitability, chemical resistance and water absorption properties were studied and a comparative analysis has been carried out between the different levels of fillers for both sets of composites. Composite samples with fillers were found to have good chemical resistance toward acids, solvents, and alkalis. These composites have also shown better water resistance over the corresponding neat composites (without fillers).

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Author is thankful to Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology (Govt of India) for supporting this research under the Fast Track Proposal Young Scientists scheme. Author is the thankful to the reviewers of the manuscript for many helpful suggestions to improve the manuscript.

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Gupta, A. Effect of Industrial Waste on Chemical and Water Absorption of Bamboo Fiber Reinforced Composites. Silicon 12, 139–146 (2020).

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