INVESTIGATION OF THE MORPHOLOGICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES OF WASTE NEWSPRINT/ RECYCLED POLYPROPYLENE/ NANOCLAY COMPOSITE

Mohammad Amin Danesh, Hassan Ziaei Tabari, Reza Hosseinpourpia, Noradin Nazarnezhad, Morteza Shams

Abstract


The main objective of this research was to study the potential of waste polypropylene and waste newsprint fiber for making wood-plastic nanocomposites. We used 30 wt.% waste newsprint fiber and 10 wt.% compatilizer in this study. Nanoclay was used at two levels: 2.5 and 5% by wt. Materials were mixed with either recycled or virgin polypropylene. The effects of nanoclay (NC) on the mechanical and thermal properties were also studied. The improvements in tensile properties of the blended composites with the addition of NC were further supported by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) micrographs and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) data. Thermal degradation behavior of the composites showed that the degradation temperatures shifted to higher values after addition of nanoclay. The XRD data showed that the relative intercalation of composites with 2.5% nanoclay was higher than 5% nanoclay. The experimental results demonstrated that the waste materials could be used as appropriate alternative raw materials for making low cost wood-plastic composites (WPCs).

Keywords


Recycled polypropylene; Waste newsprint fiber; Nanoclay; Thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA); X-ray Diffraction (XRD); Scanning electron microscope (SEM)

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