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Physicochemical and Micromechanical Investigation of a Nanocopper Impregnated Fibre Reinforced Nanocomposite

Chowdhury, M. N. K. and Ahmad Fauzi, Ismail and Khan, Maksudur R. and Beg, M. D. H. and Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan, Othman and Gohari, Rasoul Jamshidi and Moslehyani, Ali (2015) Physicochemical and Micromechanical Investigation of a Nanocopper Impregnated Fibre Reinforced Nanocomposite. RSC Advances, 5 (122). pp. 100943-100955. ISSN 2046-2069

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Abstract

This paper outlines the synthesis of a novel sustainable nanocomposite and the investigation of its physicochemical and mechanical properties using micromechanical models. As a novel approach, palm oil fibres were treated with freshly prepared nanocopper sols to make them strong and sustainable. Nanocopper particle impregnated strong and durable fibres were used to develop a fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester resin nanocomposite. The composite behavior was investigated systematically by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, etc. Among all of the composites tested, the nanocopper particle impregnated strong and durable fibre (30%) reinforced unsaturated polyester resin composite was demonstrated to have the highest mechanical strength. The change of weight gain follows typical Fickian diffusion behavior. To predict the strength of the nanocomposite, standard micromechanical models were analyzed and the trends were seen as mixed success. The observed properties of the developed nanocomposites indicate that they can be considered for indoor to outdoor applications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nanocomposite; nanocopper
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. MD Maksudur Rahman Khan
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 06:15
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 01:56
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/12604
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