Date palm tree fiber as polymeric matrix reinforcement, DPF-polypropylene composite characterization

Ahmad Alawar, Ahmed M. Hamed, Khalifa Al-Kaabi

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Abstract

Recently, the interest has increased to recycle things after use. In addition, the pressure of the environment defence organizations has increased in the same direction. Accordingly, the composite industry has begun investigating the possibility of increasing the proportion of recycled or biodegradable composites. This leaded to search about environment eco-friendly reinforcement and resins systems while providing the same performance as their man made counterparts. Natural fibers offer the possibility to play the role of the reinforcing material. In this study, we mix the 25% untreated date palm tree fibers with 75% polypropylene using double screw extruder. Comparison between plane polypropylene and 25 % raw date palm fiber was done. Tensile test and water absorption test were done upon plain polypropylene and 25% raw date palm fiber specimens. Tensile strength of reinforced polypropylene was about 20% lower than plain polypropylene. In the other hand, modulus of elasticity of composite showed an increase of about 30% compared to plane polypropylene. Water absorption was less sound in deterioration of the composite.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMulti-functional Materials and Structures - International Conference on Multifunctional Materials and Structures
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
Pages193-196
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0878493786, 9780878493784
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventMulti-functional Materials and Structures - International Conference on Multifunctional Materials and Structures - Hong Kong, P.R., China
Duration: Jul 28 2008Jul 31 2008

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
Volume47-50 PART 1
ISSN (Print)1022-6680

Other

OtherMulti-functional Materials and Structures - International Conference on Multifunctional Materials and Structures
Country/TerritoryChina
CityHong Kong, P.R.
Period7/28/087/31/08

Keywords

  • Composites
  • Date palm tree fibers (DPF)
  • Natural fibers
  • Polypropylene (PP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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