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INESCO 2014 SECRETARIAT
Universiti Sains Malaysia
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PROCESSING, MECHANICAL, WATER ABSORPTION AND MORPHOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF RUBBER SEED SHELL FLOUR-FILLED POLYPROPYLENE COMPOSITES: THE EFFECT OF POLYETHYLENE COPOLYMERIZED WITH ACRYLIC ACID
Mohamad Danial Shafiq Mohd Suhaimi and Hanafi Ismail a
School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300, Nibong Tebal, Penang, Malaysia
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The effect of adding polyethylene copolymerized acrylic acid (PE-co-AA) in rubber seed shell flour (RSSF)-filled PP composites on processing, mechanical, water absorption and morphological properties has been studied. The addition of PE-co-AA increases the processing torque in PP/RSSF composites. Furthermore, mechanical properties such as tensile strength, flexural strength impact strength, Young’s modulus and flexural modulus show significant improvement compared to uncompatibilized composites, while elongation at break is reduced. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of tensile fracture specimens revealed the dispersion of RSSF filler in the matrix improved with PE-co-AA, with fewer agglomerations.Water absorption ability of the compatibilized composites is reduced due to the improved interfacial bonding which limits the amount of water molecules to be absorbed. PE-co-AA acted as a compatibilizer in PP/RSSF composites. Improvement in the properties of the composites is contributed by homogenization of RSSF particles in PP matrix and reduction of voids and cracks due to improved interfacial adhesion and bonding between matrix and filler.