A Novel Strategy for Fabrication and Performance Evaluation of Bamboo/E-Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polypropylene Hybrid Composites
In this study, a novel strategy was used to prepare a hybrid composite of polypropylene (PP), reinforced by bamboo and e-glass fiber (BGRP) were fabricated using a single screw extruder, then compression molds were made in presence and absence by maleated PP (MP). The effect of BF and maleated PP on the mechanical properties (tensile strength, tensile modulus, and impact strength) of bamboo fiber reinforced PP (BFRP) composites and BGRP hybrid composites were studied. The tensile strength, tensile modulus, and impact strength of the BGRP hybrid composite were improved performance with an optimum strength observed at 2 wt% MAP treated with BF to GF ratio of 15:15. The fiber matrix addition was examined through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) which showed a relatively small gap between the fiber and the base matrix in the case of the MAP treatment hybrid composite. The rate of water absorption in the composites decreased due to the presence of E-glass fiber and coupling agent.