Studies on performance of acrylonitrile-pretreated bamboo-reinforced thermosetting resin composites

  • Kushwaha P
  • Kumar R
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Abstract

The present study investigates the effect of acrylonitrile treatment of bamboo mats on bamboo-reinforced epoxy and polyester resin composites. Acrylonitrile treatment has been done for 1 and 5 h. The tensile strength and modulus of the composites have been improved with both the resins after acrylonitrile treatment (cyanoethylation) of fibers. Moisture regain decreases significantly on cyanoethylation. Acrylonitrile-pretreated bamboo-reinforced polyester composite decreases the water uptake drastically from 75 to 14%.

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  • Acrylonitrile
  • Bamboo
  • Epoxy resin
  • NaOH
  • Polyester resin

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