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International Journal of Science and Technology

Effect of Filler Volume Fraction on the Tensile Properties of Cocoa-Pod Epoxy Resin Composite

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Author Imoisili P.E., Ukoba K.O, Ibegbulam C.M, Adgidzi.D, Olusunle S.O.O
On Pages 432-434
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 7
Issue Date July, 2012
Publishing Date July, 2012
Keywords cocoa-pod, epoxy composite, reinforcing filler, tensile properties.


Particulate filled polymer composites are becoming attractive because of their low cost and wide applications. To determine, the possibility of using agricultural waste materials, as reinforcing fillers in thermosetting polymer composite, the effects of cocoa-pod filler (CPF) volume fraction on the tensile properties of Epoxy composite was investigated, different filler concentrations (viz. 5 to 30 weight %) were fabricated, test results shows that tensile strength, load at break, of the composite decreases with filler concentration while elastic modulus of the composite increases with increase in filler concentration. With decrease in tensile properties, cocoa pod filler (CPF) can be use as non- reinforcing filler in Epoxy composite.

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