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|Title:||The chemical modification of tropical wood polymer composites|
|Citation:||Journal of Composite Materials, 2014; 48(7):783-789|
|Md. Saiful Islam, Sinin Hamdan, Azman Hassan, Zainal Abidin Talib, and HR Sobuz|
|Abstract:||Wood polymer composites were manufactured from several types of tropical wood species by impregnating the woods with acrylonitrile monomer solution. The physical and mechanical properties of wood polymer composites were then investigated in this study. The vacuum-pressure method was employed to impregnate wood samples with monomer and in situ polymerization. Acrylonitrile reacted and incorporated with wood, which was confirmed through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy test analysis. The mechanical properties of wood samples in terms of modulus of elasticity and compressive modulus were found to be improved on acrylonitrile treatment. Besides, the fabricated wood polymer composite samples had lower water absorption and higher surface hardness (Shore D) value as compared to their corresponding raw one. For wood polymer composites, a significant improvement was found in physical and mechanical properties compared to the raw woods.|
|Keywords:||Wood polymer composite; Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy; scanning electron microscopy; hardness; modulus of elasticity; acrylonitrile|
|Rights:||© The Author(s) 2013|
|Appears in Collections:||Civil and Environmental Engineering publications|
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