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dc.contributor.authorSavetlana, S.*
dc.contributor.authorMulvaney-Johnson, Leigh*
dc.contributor.authorGough, Timothy D.*
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Adrian L.*
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-16T14:38:02Z
dc.date.available2018-04-16T14:38:02Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationSavetlana S, Mulvaney-Johnson L, Gough T and Kelly AL (2018) Properties of nylon-6 based composite reinforced with coconut shell particles and empty fruit bunch fibres. Plastics, Rubber and Composites: Macromolecular Engineering. 47(2): 77-86.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/15507
dc.descriptionyesen_US
dc.description.abstractNovel natural fibre composites of nylon-6 reinforced with coconut shell (CS) particles and empty fruit bunch (EFB) fibres have been investigated. Fillers were alkali treated before melt compounding with nylon-6. Mechanical, thermal and rheological properties of composites were measured. Tensile modulus was found to improve with both fillers up to 16% for nylon-6/CS composite and 10% for nylon-6/EFB composite, whereas a moderate increase in tensile strength was observed only with CS composites. Differences in the strengthening mechanisms were explained by the morphology of the two fillers, empty fruit bunch fibres having a weaker cellular internal structure. Observation of composite morphology using SEM showed that both fillers were highly compatible with nylon-6 due to its hydrophilic nature. Both fillers were found to cause a slight drop in crystallinity of the nylon matrix and to lower melt viscosity at typical injection moulding strain rates. Moisture absorption increased with addition of both fillers.en_US
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dc.rights© 2018 Taylor & Francis. This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Plastics, Rubber and Composites: Macromolecular Engineering, 2018, available online at https://doi.org/10.1080/14658011.2017.1418711en_US
dc.subjectNylon-6; Polyamide; Mechanical properties; Thermal properties; Rheological properties; Coconut shell particles; Empty fruit bunch fibre; Compositeen_US
dc.titleProperties of nylon-6-based composite reinforced with coconut shell particles and empty fruit bunch fibresen_US
dc.status.refereedyesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2017-12-14
dc.date.application2017-12-28
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1080/14658011.2017.1418711


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