Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
The effect of 60CO gamma radiation on polypropylene and glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene was investigated. The glass fiber content in the reinforced polypropylene was observed to influence the mechanical properties of the original polypropylene. The initial modulus and off-set yield strength (at 0.25% strain) increased with the dose and glass fiber content. The tensile strength showed an initial decrease with the increase in glass fiber content followed by an increasing trend. A similar behavior was found with increasing dosage. The extent of fiber breakage during processing was higher at higher glass fiber content. However, the fiber length distribution became narrower beyond 2.45% glass fiber content in the polypropylene.
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