Compression and flexural properties of ground macadamia nutshell particulate composites

Bode, Rajesh Reddy and Islam, Md Mainul and Mahmood, Muhammad Nateque (2018) Compression and flexural properties of ground macadamia nutshell particulate composites. In: 11th Asian-Australasian Conference on Composite Materials (ACCM-11), 29 July - 1 August 2018, Cairns, Australia.

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This paper presents results of the research conducted on the particulate composites that are fabricated using ground macadamia nutshell powder as filler and vinyl ester resin as a matrix material. Macadamia nutshell powder with particle size ranges of 300-500μm and 500-
700μm were used in this study. The study focused on the compression and flexural behaviour of the fabricated particulate composites with varying volume fractions of Macadamia nutshell powder. Results obtained from the experimental study were validated to analyse the loading
performance of the fabricated materials and the effect of Macadamia nutshell powder in the composites. The results illustrated that the variation of volume fraction of Macadamia nutshell powder had a substantial effect on the overall performance of the fabricated particulate composite materials. Simple scanning electron microscopic analysis of the materials revealed that the void formation due to higher particle size and lower bonding
between filler and matrix materials was the reason behind the minimal load carrying capacity.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2019 01:57
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 01:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: macadamia nutshells, vinyl ester resin, compression and flexural properties
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870303 Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints)

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