FLEXURAL AND QUASI-STATIC COMPRESSIVE BEHAVIOR OF INJECTION-MOLDED WALNUT SHELL (WS)/HDPE COMPOSITES

Author(s): 

Suprit Malagi1*, Rajesh Anawal2, S. V. Gorabal3, and Mrityunjay Doddamani2

Affiliation(s): 

1Visvesvaraya Technological University, RRC-Belagavi, Karnataka, India
2Lightweight Materials Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India
3Jain College of Engineering and Research, Udyambag, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

*Corresponding Author Email: supritm24@gmail.com

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The present study focuses on flexural and quasi-static compression behavior of high-density polyethylene (HDPE)/walnut shell (WS) composites. Flexural and quasi-static compression specimens by 20, 40 and 60 wt. % of WS are synthesized by polymer injection (PI) molding. The flexural modulus and strength are observed to increase with increase in the wt.% of WS. Compared to pure HDPE, the flexural modulus and strength increased in the range of 205-403% and 49-58% respectively. Further quasi-static compression tests are carried at 0.001, 0.01, 0.1 s-1 strain rates. Compressive modulus of HDPE/WS specimens is lower as compared to pure HDPE samples for all the strain rates. Compressive yield strength of HDPE/WS specimens shows increasing trend with increase in the strain rates. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is employed to study the fractography of the samples.