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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 34-38
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2009/176072

Synthesis and Characterization of Short Saccaharum Cilliare Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites

A. S. Singha and Vijay Kumar Thakur

Applied Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur-177005, Himachal Pradesh, India

Received 17 May 2008; Accepted 10 July 2008

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Abstract

This paper deals with the synthesis of short Saccaharum Cilliare fibre (SC) reinforced Urea-Formaldehyde (UF) matrix based polymer composites. Present work reveals that mechanical properties such as: tensile strength, compressive strength, flexural strength and wear resistance of the UF matrix increase up to 30% fibre loading(in terms of weight) and then decreases for higher loading when fibers are incorporated into the matrix polymer. Morphological and Thermal studies of the matrix, fibre and short fibre reinforced (SF-Rnf) green composites have also been carried out. The results obtained emphasize the applications of these fibres, as potential reinforcing materials in bio based composites.