Characterization of New Cellulose Fiber from the Molina (Lagenaria Siceraria) Plant

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N. Saravanan
P.S. Sampath

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This research explores the extraction and characterization of natural fiber from the agro-waste of Lagenaria siceraria (LS) plant stem (commonly known as bottle guard). The extracted fiber from the waste stems has high cellulose content (79.91 %) with good tensile strength (257–717 MPa) and thermal stability (withstand up to 339.1°C). The huge percentage of crystalline index (92.4%) with the crystalline size (7.2 nm) as well as low density (1.216 g/cm3) of the LS fiber renders their possibility to use as an effective reinforcement material in lightweight eco-friendly composites for various industrial applications.

 

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Saravanan, N., & Sampath, P. (2019). Characterization of New Cellulose Fiber from the Molina (Lagenaria Siceraria) Plant. Journal of Applied Research and Technology, 16(3). https://doi.org/10.22201/icat.16656423.2018.16.3.720
Author Biographies

N. Saravanan

Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode 637215, Tamil Nadu, India.

P.S. Sampath

Department of Mechanical Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode 637215, Tamil Nadu, India.