Effect of Extrusion Rate and Fiber Loading on Mechanical Properties of Twaron Fiber-thermoplastic Natural Rubber (TPNR) Composites
AbstractMechanical behavior of short Twaron fiber thermoplastic natural rubber (TPNR) has been studied with respect to fiber loading and extrusion rates. The composites are prepared at two different compositions of NR/LLDPE matrixes i.e., 60/40 and 40/60. Twaron fibers are varied from 0 to 25% in the composites. The temperature profile for extrusion is 140, 145, 150, and 155°C for feeding zone, melting zone, mixing zone, and die respectively with the extrusion rate of 30, 50, 80, and 100 rpm. It has been found that the tensile strength, Young’s modulus, and impact strength increases with fiber loading, but the strain at break decreases. The optimum fiber loading in the system is found to be 20% in both blends. However, there is no effect of extrusion rate on the strength of composite observed.