Effects of the Coconut Pulp Fiber on the Mechanical Properties and Water Absorption of Reinforced Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer
This study investigated the effect of Coconut Pulp (CP) fiber on the mechanical properties of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM). CP filled EPDM composites were prepared by using a mixer and hot press. There are four types of the composition of CP, 10, 20, 30 and 40%. In this study, the tensile strength, modulus of elasticity, elongation at break and water absorption of the composites were evaluated. The tensile strength and elastic modulus decreased while elongation at break increased with the increasing of CP fiber. A lab microscope used to study the morphology of CP in EPDM. Four different types of water used in the water absorption test: Sea, swamp, well and pipe water.
KeywordsCoconut pulp fiber EPDM Mechanical properties Water absorption
The authors would like to thank the Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Spanish Institute for the financial support for this research work via Final Year Project.
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