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Title: Mathematical modelling of water absorption behavior of bagasse fiber reinforced epoxy composite material
Authors: Devnani G.L.
Mittal V.
Sinha, Shishir N.
Meka S.R.
Chaudhari G.P.
Published in: Proceedings of Materials Today
Abstract: Natural fibers reinforced polymeric materials have drawn a considerable attention to academicians and researchers over last two decades. The environmental friendly nature, low cost and sustainability of these natural fibers are the main advantages. Among all advantages one issue that needs to be addressed is the hydrophilic tendency of these fibers which is highly undesirable and ultimately leads to the degradation of properties of these fiber reinforced polymer composites. The major cause of hydrophilic tendency is the presence of voids and non crystalline part of these fibers which affects the fiber and polymer matrix adhesion too. Therefore in order to maximize the potential of these natural fiber reinforced polymer composites, this issue should be overcome, therefore it is important to develop the proper mechanism and understanding the water or moisture absorption behavior of these composites. In the present work 1% sodium hydroxide followed by 1% acrylic acid is used for the treatment of bagasse fibers at room temperature in order to improve the bonding strength between the fiber-polymer and to suppress the water absorption. Mathematical investigation of water absorption behavior of Bagasse fiber reinforced epoxy composites at different fiber loadings (5%, 10%, 15%, and 20%) has been done and mechanism of kinetic behavior of water absorption is established. © 2018 Elsevier Ltd.
Citation: Proceedings of Materials Today, (2018), 16912- 16918
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Keywords: Bagasse
Natural fiber
Polymer composites
Water absorption
ISSN: 22147853
Author Scopus IDs: 56146593500
Author Affiliations: Devnani, G.L., Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Roorkee, India
Mittal, V., Dr. K N Modi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Modinagar, India
Sinha, S., Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Roorkee, India
Funding Details: The author is thankful to Chemical Engineering Department and QIP centre IIT Roorkee for the providing resources and financial support for this research.
Corresponding Author: Devnani, G.L.; Chemical Engineering Department, IIT RoorkeeIndia; email:
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