1 Modassir Nazer* 2Naiyer Mumtaz
1 M. Tech Student (Mechanical Engineering) AISECT University Bhopal, M.P, India
2Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering,
Cambridge Institute of Technology, Tatisilwai, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Abstract :Particulate fillers are of considerable interest, not only from an economic view point, but as modifiers especially the physical properties of the polymer. Atonable advance in the polymer industry has been the use of fibre and particulate fillers as reinforcements in polymer matrix. Over the last few decades, the considerable attention has been devoted towards wood dust filled polymer composites due to its many advantages. These include mainly the improved environmental performance, due to the use of biodegradable materials and the reduction in the use of non-renewable (oil based) resources throughout the whole life cycle of the composite; the low cost of wood flour; the lower specific weight of these fillers, in comparison to the traditional mineral-inorganic ones; the improvement in safety for the production employees and the special aesthetic properties of the composites. Although there are several reports in the literature which discuss the mechanical behaviour of wood/polymer composites, however, very limited work has been done on effect of wood dust fillers on mechanical behaviour glass fibre based polymer composites. Against this background, the present research work has been undertaken, with an objective to explore the potential utilization of wood dust filler as a reinforcing material in polymer composites and to investigate its effect on the mechanical behaviour of the resulting composites. Finally, the SEM analysis has been made on fractured surfaces of composites after different tests.