High strength bio-composite films of poly(vinyl alcohol) reinforced with chemically modified-fly ash

Dilip Chandra Deb Nath, Sri Bandyopadhyay, Aibing Yu, Daryl Blackburn, Chris White

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Fly ash (FA) was chemically modified by activation with sodium hydroxide and used in fabrication of bio-composite films with poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) by aqueous casting method. The particle size distribution patterns of modified-fly ash (MFA) were shifted from 2-20 ?m to the higher regions 2-40 ?m in the analysis chart of Malvern Light Scattering Particle Size Analyser (MLSPSA). On the oxides based chemical analysis by X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF), the compositions of major oxides, SiO2 73.5 , Al2O 3 19.2 and Na2O 1.4 were significantly changed to SiO2 52.9 , Al2O3 23.6 and Na2O 5.9 , due to the dissolution and re-crystallisation of new phases which are characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The composite film reinforced with 20 wt MFA showed up to higher tensile strength 289 (three-fold) compared to those of unmodified FA filled films. The alkali treatment (sodium hydroxide) of FA is a very promising approach to improve the mechanical strength, and hence, further enhance the potential for recycling FA as a suitable filler material in bio-composite materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1354 - 1360
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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