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Journal of Environmental Science and Technology
  Year: 2018 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 5 | Page No.: 262-268
DOI: 10.3923/jest.2018.262.268
Mechanical Properties of Tropical Bamboo Reinforced PVA for Fibreboard Production
Boniface Obi Ugwuishiwu, Victor Nzeribe Eke, Emmanuel Amegu Echiegu, Joel Nwaeze Nwakaire , Oji Achuka Nwoke, Benjamin Mama and Chidera Ezeagba

Abstract:
Background and Objective: Cost of fibreboard production in sub-Saharan African is increasing; the use of bamboo will provide alternative to synthetic raw material for re-enforced fibreboard production. Bamboo is sustainable and environmentally friendly. The objective of the study was to determine the mechanical properties of polyester based composites reinforced with Tropical Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) fibers. Materials and Methods: The bamboo fiber (BF) was extracted through a mechanical process known as scouting and after subjecting them to some chemical modifications, composites were formed using hand lay-up and compression technique with ployvinyl acetate emulsion as a chemical binder. Three levels of BF content by weight (20, 40 and 60%) were used in the study. The engineering properties of the developed fiber board were determined using the method described by the ASTM. Results: Results showed that, in terms of tensile strength, the 60% BF content composite board with a value of 32.895 N/mm2 was significantly superior (p<0.05) than the others. There was no significant difference (p>0.05) in the flexural, compressive, hardness and impact strength between the 20, 40 and 60% BF composites. Conclusion: Bamboo is a better alternative to synthetic raw materials as seen from the results of this study. The mechanical properties of the reinforced PVA based composites fibreboard from bamboo can be used in furniture and soundproofing industries.
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Boniface Obi Ugwuishiwu, Victor Nzeribe Eke, Emmanuel Amegu Echiegu, Joel Nwaeze Nwakaire, Oji Achuka Nwoke, Benjamin Mama and Chidera Ezeagba, 2018. Mechanical Properties of Tropical Bamboo Reinforced PVA for Fibreboard Production. Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 11: 262-268.

DOI: 10.3923/jest.2018.262.268

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jest.2018.262.268

 
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