Potential of using coconut shell particle fillers in eco-composite materials

J. Sarki, S. B. Hassan, V. S. Aigbodion, J. E. Oghenevweta

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Abstract

Morphology and mechanical properties of coconut shell particles reinforced epoxy composites were evaluated to assess the possibility of using it as a new material in engineering applications. Coconut shell filled composites were prepared from epoxy polymer matrix containing up to 30 wt% coconut shell fillers. The effects of coconut shell particle content on the mechanical properties of the composites were investigated. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of the composite surfaces indicates that there are fairly good interfacial interaction between coconut shell particles and epoxy matrix. It was shown that the value of tensile modulus and tensile strength values increases with the increase of coconut shell particles content, while the impact strength slightly decreased, compared to pure epoxy resin. This work has shown that coconut shell particles can be used to improve properties of epoxy polymer composite to be used in eco-buildings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2381-2385
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume509
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Coconut shell
  • Composites
  • Epoxy
  • Morphology and mechanical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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