The tensile evaluation of the Epoxy/Keratin short fibre as new composites / Ahmad Zafir Romli, Mohd Hanafiah Abidin and Hazizan Md Akil

Romli, Ahmad Zafir and Abidin, Mohd Hanafiah and Md Akil, Hazizan (2009) The tensile evaluation of the Epoxy/Keratin short fibre as new composites / Ahmad Zafir Romli, Mohd Hanafiah Abidin and Hazizan Md Akil. Scientific Research Journal, 6 (1). pp. 31-42. ISSN 1675-7009

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Abstract

Production of bio-composites using biodegradable filler/fibre or matrix has been increasing steadily for the past decade. In the case of fibre reinforced polymer composites, natural fibres such as jute, hemp and kenaf have been widely reported. Apart from cellulosic based natural fibre, there are other potential fillers from animal based by-products such as keratin from chicken feathers. In this study, an epoxy/keratin composite has been produced using a pressure assisted hand lay-up technique to form flat homogenized board. The percentage feather content by weight was varied accordingly (i.e. 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 %). The board underwent standard tensile strength testing at 5mm.min-1 and elucidated that the ultimate tensile strength and strain decreases as the feather composition percentage increases. The Young’s modulus indicated little effect with increasing feather composition percentage. A fractured piece of sample produced from the tensile testing was evaluated with respect to fracture behaviour using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The tensile testing indicates that the composite with the maximum feather composition percentage (50 %) has the potential to be used in non-structural applications.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
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Romli, Ahmad Zafirahamd349@salam.uitm.edu.my
Abidin, Mohd HanafiahUNSPECIFIED
Md Akil, HazizanUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history - Biology > Microscopy
Q Science > QL Zoology > Feathers. Plumage
T Technology > TA Engineering. Civil engineering > Soil mechanics. Including properties of soils, water in soil, strength properties, consolidation, etc. > Laboratory manuals. Testing of soils. Measurements
Divisions: Research Management Institute (RMI)
Journal or Publication Title: Scientific Research Journal
ISSN: 1675-7009
Volume: 6
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 31-42
Item ID: 12913
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chicken feather, epoxy, tensile test, scanning electron microscope(SEM)
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2018 03:30
Depositing User: Staf Pendigitalan 1
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/12913

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