Mechanical Properties of Chicken Feather and Cow Hair Fibre Reinforced High Density Polyethylene Composites

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Author(s) Oladele I. O. | Omotoyimbo J. A. | Ayemidejor S. H.
Pages 66-72
Volume 3
Issue 1
Date January, 2014
Keywords mechanical properties, chicken feather, cow hair, high density polyethylene.

This work was carried out to investigation the possibilities of utilizing animal fibres as reinforcement in polymeric materials. Fowl feather and cow tail hair were sourced from poultry and abattoir respectively. They were cut into 20 mm length followed by washing with water and sun drying. The fibres were used to reinforce high density polyethylene in predetermined proportions of 1,2,3,4 and 5 wt % in a random order. Flexural and tensile samples were produced from the compositions after which the respective tests were carried out. The results showed that fowl feather reinforced samples at 1-2 wt % gave a promising results in flexural properties while 3 wt % gave a promising result in tensile property. The upshot revealed that fowl feather can be used as reinforcement in high density polyethylene polymeric material in order to improve the mechanical properties of the polymeric material.

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