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Microcrystalline Cellulose as Reinforcing Agents for Polypropylene Composites

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A. Ratnakumar,

University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, LK
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
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W. S. M. Rathnayake,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, LK
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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Applied Sciences
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L. Karunanayake,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, LK
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Department of Polymer Science, Faculty of Applied Sciences
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A. M. P. B. Samarasekara ,

University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, LK
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
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D. A. S. Amarasinghe

University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, LK
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
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Abstract

Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) in its micrometric dimensions has gained a surge of interest in polymer reinforcement. This paper examines empirically the properties of MCC reinforced polypropylene (PP) composites varying the MCC loading from 0-5%. Mechanical, thermal and physical properties were characterized using universal testing machines, shore D hardness tester, TGA, FTIR and XRD machines. The experimental results highlighted that the reinforcement of PP matrix with MCC, improved the properties of the composite gradually as the MCC loading increased. Tensile, hardness and impact properties were improved by 5%, 8% and 51%, respectively for 5% MCC reinforced PP composite. Therefore, these notable results exhibit the potential of reinforcement of PP matrix with MCC.

How to Cite: Ratnakumar, A., Rathnayake, W.S.M., Karunanayake, L., Samarasekara, A.M.P.B. and Amarasinghe, D.A.S., 2020. Microcrystalline Cellulose as Reinforcing Agents for Polypropylene Composites. Tropical Agricultural Research, 31(3), pp.106–114. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tar.v31i3.8401
Published on 30 Jun 2020.
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