Document Type : Research Article
Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
Department of Chemistry ABU zaria
Department of Chemistry Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
Department of Chemistry ABU Zaria
In this study some mechanical properties of PVC-Wood fibre composite were investigated. The wood fibre was gotten from a mahogany tree. The sample was moulded and shaped at a temperature of 150oC using a hadraulic hot press and pressure of 3bar for 5mins and the mechanical properties were studied base on varying the wood fibre contents from 0% to 50%. The hardness test carried out using the durometer hardness tester show a decrease in the hardness of the composite as the wood fibre is varied from 0%, 10%, 20%, 30% 40% and 50% and the impact strength of the composite decreases as well in that order. The tensile strength conducted using the Mensato Tensometer show a decrease at 10% wood fibre, while an increase in the wood fibre to 20% show an increase in the tensile strength on further addition of the wood fibre a decrease is noticed. This decrease in tensile strength decreases the strain of the PVC-wood fibre composite and hence increasing the modulus of elasticity of the PVC-wood fibre composite as the wood fibre is been added.