Jul 8, 2014, 5:32 PM
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High tensile composite made in Isfahan

Tehran, July 8, IRNA -- Researchers at Isfahan University of Technology have created a nanocomposite, which has high tensile strength using pistachio shell.

Mohammad Ali Abedini and Saeed Nouri-Khorasani, faculty members of the university, and Javad Moftakharian are researchers of the study.

As the composite is resistant to moisture, loss of color, fungi and insects, it can be used in construction industry.

The effects of nanoclay were investigated as a secondary reinforcement, titanium dioxide (TiO2) and hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) as UV stabilizers on some properties of high density polyethylene (HDPE)/pistachio shell flour (PSF) composite as the new wood plastic composite (WPC).

Results indicated the tensile strength and of HDPE/PSF samples containing nanoclay showed a 20-percent increase compared to samples without nanoclay.

The presence of TiO2 and HALS in the formulation did not have a significant effect on tensile properties.

The nanoclay presence in HDPE/ PSF formulation improved the water absorption resistance.