Journal of Chemistry

Journal of Chemistry / 2011 / Article

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Volume 8 |Article ID 957691 |

A. S. SINGHA, B. S. Kaith, Inderjeet Kaur, Ashwarya Jyoti Khanna, "Study of Mechanical Properties of Waste Biomass Reinforced Urea-Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Composites", Journal of Chemistry, vol. 8, Article ID 957691, 12 pages, 2011.

Study of Mechanical Properties of Waste Biomass Reinforced Urea-Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Composites

Received29 Nov 2008
Revised05 Apr 2011
Accepted09 Apr 2011


Natural fibers play an important role in developing high performing fully biodegradable composites which will be a key material to solve the current ecological and environmental problems. Due to enormous advantages of composites reinforced with natural fibers, a study on pine needles reinforced urea-resorcinol-formaldehyde composites has been made. Present investigation has revealed that urea-formaldehyde resin in 1.0: 2.5 ratio exhibits optimum mechanical behavior whereas in case urea-resorcinol- formaldehyde resin, the best mechanical behavior was shown by 1.0: 1.0: 2.5 ratios. However, reinforcing of this resin with pine-needles of 1 cm size and evaluation of their mechanical properties showed that mechanical properties increase with reinforcement. These results were further supported by the SEM and thermal studies.

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