Effects of Polymer Loading on Tropical Wood Polymer Composite (WPC)

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Batai (paraserianthes moluccana) tropical wood species was impregnated with three levels of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) solutions (25%, 50% and 75%) for composite manufacturing. Manufactured wood polymer composites (WPCs) were characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), free-free vibration testing, and the dimensional stability analysis. The dynamic Young’s modulus (Ed) was calculated using the free-free flexural vibration method. Impregnation of PVA solutions into wood samples was confirmed through FTIR and SEM. WPC from 75% PVA solution showed lower water absorption and improved dimensional stability. The fabricated WPC yielded a higher Young’s modulus compared with the raw one.

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Periodical:

Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 264-265)

Edited by:

M.S.J. Hashmi, S. Mridha and S. Naher

Pages:

631-635

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.264-265.631

Citation:

M. S. Islam et al., "Effects of Polymer Loading on Tropical Wood Polymer Composite (WPC)", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 264-265, pp. 631-635, 2011

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June 2011

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