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Title: EFFECT OF WATER ABSORPTION ON INTERFACE AND TENSILE PROPERTIES OF JUTE FIBER REINFORCED MODIFIED POLYETHYLENE COMPOSITES DEVELOPED BY PALSULE PROCESS
Page Range: p.113-124
Author(s): Anshu Anjali Singh; Sanjay Palsule
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Journal: Applied Polymer Composites
Issue Year: apc
Volume: 1
Issue No: No.2

Abstract
Jute fibre (JF) reinforced chemically functionalised high density polyethylene (CFHDPE) composites (JF/CF-HDPE) of various compositions (10%, 20% and 30% JF) developed by Palsule process of using modified matrix were immersed in distilled water at room temperature for 6600 hours to study the effect of long term water absorption. Water absorption, thickness swelling, of the composite compositions was higher than that of the CF-HDPE and increased with increasing fibre content in composite compositions. Tensile modulus and tensile strength of the wet composite compositions was lower than that of the dry JF/CF-HDPE composite compositions. Voids, capillary water transport and hydrogen bonds promote water absorption in JF/CF-HDPE composites. 15 Refs.

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