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Research Article

Irradiated Jute Reinforced Polypropylene Composites: Effect of Mercerization and SEM Analysis

Islam Bossunia MT1, Poddar P1*, Hasan MM3, Hossain MT4, Gulenoor F1, Khan RA2 and Sarwaruddin Chowdhury AM1

1Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

2Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Bangladesh

3Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Bangladesh

4Bangladesh Jute Research Institute, Bangladesh

*Corresponding Author:
Poddar P
Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Tel: 88029661900
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: May 19,2016; Accepted Date: June 16,2016; Published Date: June 26,2016

Citation: Islam Bossunia MT, Poddar P, Hasan MM, Hossain MT, Gulenoor F, et al. (2016) γ – Irradiated Jute Reinforced Polypropylene Composites: Effect of Mercerization and SEM Analysis. J Material Sci Eng 5:266. doi:10.4172/2169-0022.1000266

Copyright: © 2016 Islam Bossunia MT, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Jute fibres (Corchorus olitorious L.), an environmentally and ecologically friendly product, were chemically modified and treated as surface treatment which was carried out by mercerizing jute fabrics with aqueous solutions of NaOH (5,10 and 20%) at different soaking times (30, 60 and 90 minutes) and temperatures (0, 25 and 50°C). These mercerized jute fabric reinforced polypropylene composites were fabricated by composition molding technique and equated with virgin jute fabric reinforced polypropylene composites, fabricated by same technique. The above composite samples ware compared by evaluating the mechanical parameters such as tensile strength, tensile modulus, bending strength, bending modulus. The effect of mercerization on weight and dimension of jute fabrics was studied. Mechanical properties of mercerized jute-PP composites ware measured and found highest at 20% NaOH at 0°C for 60 min soaking time. Alkali treatment helped in the development of hydrophobicity and reduction in volume fraction of the porosity. This may be due to the better fibre matrix interface adhesion caused due to the fibre surface treatment by alkali. The optimized formulation was irradiated by γ radiation at different dosage (100, 150, 200, 250 & 500 Krad). Among them 250 Krad showed highest mechanical properties


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