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Title: Durian Husk as Potential Source for Particleboard Industry

The main purpose of this study is to develop low cost particleboards using durian skin as its reinforcing materials. Mechanical characterizations such as tensile, compressive and flexural strength were investigated. The fibers were extracted through the traditional retting and also mechanized process to compare the fibers production output. Surface topology study using Scanning Electron Microscope was done to examine the surface texture of the produced fibers, as shown in Figure 1. The experimental investigation reveals that the addition of these fibers reduces the mechanical properties of the composite specimen. However it can be concluded that this composite satisfies the basic requirement of non-load bearing construction materials, and they could be used for partition walls and the like. Thus, the potential for development, therefore, seems to be very promising. Finally, apart from saving energy consumption for the building, the proposed materials offer an alternative option to dispose waste of fruit industry.
Authors:
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  1. Mechanization and Automation Research Center, Malaysia Agricultural Research and Development Research Institute (MARDI), Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21371698
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1217; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: ICAMN-2007: International conference on advancement of materials and nanotechnology, Langkawi, Kedah (Malaysia), 29 May - 1 Jun 2007; Other Information: DOI: 10.1063/1.3377886; (c) 2010 American Institute of Physics
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COMPOSITE MATERIALS; FIBERS; FLEXURAL STRENGTH; FRUITS; REINFORCED MATERIALS; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SURFACE TREATMENTS; SURFACES; TENSILE PROPERTIES; TEXTURE ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; EVALUATION; FOOD; MATERIALS; MECHANICAL PROPERTIES; MICROSCOPY