Applied Polymer Composites
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Title: STRUCTURE, MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES OF COCONUT FIBER REINFORCED POLYPROPYLENE COMPOSITES WITH 2% MAPP AS A COMPATIBILIZER
Page Range: p.109-118
Author(s): Anshu Anjali Singh; Priyanka Biswas; Kishor Biswas
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Journal: Applied Polymer Composites
Issue Year: apc
Issue No: No.2
Coconut fibres reinforced polypropylene composites processed by extrusion with 2% MAPP - maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene as compatibiliser show about 10 to 20% improved tensile strength and tensile modulus as compared to that of the polypropylene matrix due to fibre/matrix interfacial adhesion resulting from compatibilising effect of MAPP. Scanning electron microscopy shows coconut fibres deeply embedded in polypropylene matrix with good interfacial adhesion. The melting temperatures of the CNF/PP composites are same as that of PP and are around 170 deg C. 14 Refs.