High demand of composite materials has resulted from high level of wood waste generation from Nigeria sawmill. This is partly due to poor saw doctoring techniques and lack of skillful machinists in mills. Thus, the quest for renewable materials which are environmentally friendly and low material costs are the driving forces behind the increasing use of renewable materials such as wood and other natural fibres as reinforcement in polymer composites. This study examined the production of wood-plastic composite from mixed sawdust of Pterocarpus anglensis and Gmelina arborea. The mixed sawdust were sieved to five (5) aperture, oven dried to 12 -15% Moisture Content and blended with polyester and other chemical additive [Methy Ether, Koton peroxide as accelerate and Colbate octate as catalyst]. The specimens produced were machined and tested according to the ASTM – D1037 standard for wood-based panel. The test data were subjected to Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) to test the level of significance between the variables. The Physical and Mechanical properties of wood-plastics composite tested at Moisture Content (MC) of 6.5%, Water Absorption of 4.5%, Density of 16kg/m3 Compressive Strength (untreated) of 0.28N/mm2, and compressive strength (treated) of 0.24N/mm2. Others were: Impact Strength of 25.1N/m2 and Tensile strength 8.39N/mm2. The wood-plastic composites were dimensionally stable with low sorption rate and suitable for moderately stress interior and exterior engineering application.
ATOWON, A (2022). Production And Testing Of Wood-Plastic Composite Made From Mixed Particles Of Pterocarpus angolensis Mukwa and Gmelina arborea Roxb. Repository.mouau.edu.ng: Retrieved Dec 06, 2023, from https://repository.mouau.edu.ng/work/view/production-and-testing-of-wood-plastic-composite-made-from-mixed-particles-of-pterocarpus-angolensis-mukwa-and-gmelina-arborea-roxb-7-2
ATOWON, ATOWON. "Production And Testing Of Wood-Plastic Composite Made From Mixed Particles Of Pterocarpus angolensis Mukwa and Gmelina arborea Roxb" Repository.mouau.edu.ng. Repository.mouau.edu.ng, 27 Oct. 2022, https://repository.mouau.edu.ng/work/view/production-and-testing-of-wood-plastic-composite-made-from-mixed-particles-of-pterocarpus-angolensis-mukwa-and-gmelina-arborea-roxb-7-2. Accessed 06 Dec. 2023.
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ATOWON, ATOWON. "Production And Testing Of Wood-Plastic Composite Made From Mixed Particles Of Pterocarpus angolensis Mukwa and Gmelina arborea Roxb" Repository.mouau.edu.ng (2022). Accessed 06 Dec. 2023. https://repository.mouau.edu.ng/work/view/production-and-testing-of-wood-plastic-composite-made-from-mixed-particles-of-pterocarpus-angolensis-mukwa-and-gmelina-arborea-roxb-7-2