Studies of Some Mechanical Properties of Watermelon Rind/Pawpaw Reel Reinforced Polyethlene Composites

ABSTRACT

Some mechanical properties of water melon rind and pawpaw peel reinforced Low

density polyethylene (LDPE) and Linear Low Density, (LLDPE) composites have

been studied. Two sets of filler loaded LDPE and LLDPE composites were prepared using the injection moulding techniques at a processing temperature of 1900C

Dispersing agent, silicon oil, was added to the composite as a plasticizer to improve

flow, processability and to reduce the brittleness of the product. A comprehensive range of mechanical properties: tensile strength, (modulus of elasticity, elongation at break, elongation at yield), impact energy test and hardness test were carried out. Tensile properties of the composite showed an increase in tensile modulus, impact energy test, hardness test, a decline, in elongation at yield and break with increasing filler loading. The tensile strength was enhanced with the incorporation of the two fillers up to 20% filler loading and then decreased with further addition of filler. The result obtained showed that pawpaw peel and water melon rind can be used as reinforcing fillers in thermoplastics and secondly, development of composites, enhances their mechanical properties.

KEYWORDS: Watermelon Rind, Pawpaw Peel, Silicon Oil, LDPE, LLDPE 

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APA

Stephen, E (2021). Studies of Some Mechanical Properties of Watermelon Rind/Pawpaw Reel Reinforced Polyethlene Composites. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/studies-of-some-mechanical-properties-of-watermelon-rind-pawpaw-reel-reinforced-polyethlene-composites

MLA 8th

Stephen, Ezeibekwe "Studies of Some Mechanical Properties of Watermelon Rind/Pawpaw Reel Reinforced Polyethlene Composites" Afribary. Afribary, 25 Feb. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/studies-of-some-mechanical-properties-of-watermelon-rind-pawpaw-reel-reinforced-polyethlene-composites. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

MLA7

Stephen, Ezeibekwe . "Studies of Some Mechanical Properties of Watermelon Rind/Pawpaw Reel Reinforced Polyethlene Composites". Afribary, Afribary, 25 Feb. 2021. Web. 17 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/studies-of-some-mechanical-properties-of-watermelon-rind-pawpaw-reel-reinforced-polyethlene-composites >.

Chicago

Stephen, Ezeibekwe . "Studies of Some Mechanical Properties of Watermelon Rind/Pawpaw Reel Reinforced Polyethlene Composites" Afribary (2021). Accessed July 17, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/studies-of-some-mechanical-properties-of-watermelon-rind-pawpaw-reel-reinforced-polyethlene-composites