Thermomechanical and Rheological Behaviours of Waste Glass Fibre-Filled Polypropylene Composites

Authors

  • Sunan Tiptipakorn Kasetsart University
  • Sarawut Rimdusit Chulalongkorn University
  • Takeshi Kitano Tomas Bata University in Zlin
  • Siriporn Damrongsukkul Chulalongkorn University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4186/ej.2009.13.3.45

Keywords:

Polypropylene, glass fibre, waste, surfboard manufacturing, composite.

Abstract

The composites between the reinforced glass fibre wastes obtained from surfboard manufacturing industry and polypropylene were developed for value adding and environmental reasons. The thermomechanical and rheological behaviours of the composites were investigated. Glass fibre contents were varied from 5 to 30 wt%. The effects of maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MA-PP) compatibilizer on the behaviours were also determined. The results revealed that the addition of glass fibre was able to reduce the heat of fusion of the composite. Additionally, the tensile and flexural properties were increased with increasing the glass fibre contents following the rule of mixtures. The addition of MA-PP led to enhance tensile and flexural properties due to the improvement of the adhesion between matrix and glass fibre, which is correlated with morphological observations. From the rheological studies, the apparent flow activation energy revealed that the addition of glass fibre decreased the fluidity of the molten composite materials; however, it could be slightly improved by using MA-PP.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Author Biographies

Sunan Tiptipakorn

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science, Kasetsart University, Kamphaensaen, Nakhorn Pathom, 73140, Thailand

Sarawut Rimdusit

Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Takeshi Kitano

Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Faculty of Technology, Polymer Centre, TGM 275, 762-72 Zlin, Czech Republic

Siriporn Damrongsukkul

Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Published

Vol 13 No 3, Oct 23, 2009

How to Cite

[1]
S. Tiptipakorn, S. Rimdusit, T. Kitano, and S. Damrongsukkul, “Thermomechanical and Rheological Behaviours of Waste Glass Fibre-Filled Polypropylene Composites”, Eng. J., vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 45-56, Oct. 2009.

Most read articles by the same author(s)

Similar Articles

You may also start an advanced similarity search for this article.