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Industrial Waste Reinforced PF Composites: Measurement and Evaluation of Effective Thermal Conductivity

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Physics, G N Khalsa College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Matunga, Mumbai 400019, India
  • 2Condensed Matter Physics Lab, Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004, India

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 5, Issue (ISC-2015), Pages 121-126, -----Select----,2 (2016)


Oil-palm fibers were obtained from the industrial waste of oil mills. The fibers were irradiated with ?- radiations, chemically treated with acrylonitrile and latex modified. Treated fibers were reinforced in phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resin matrix to prepare composites. Surface topology of the composites was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The effect of treatment on thermal properties of composites has been investigated using a non-steady state method known as the Transient Plane Source (TPS) method. Effective thermal conductivity (ETC) and thermal diffusivity of the composites have been measured by TPS at room temperature and normal pressure. ETC of the composites has been evaluated by several theoretical models and compared with experimental results.


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