Influence of Chemical Treatment on Thermal Decomposition and Crystallite Size of Coir Fiber
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Coir fibers were treated with sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and glutaraldehyde (GA). The influence of alkali and aldehyde treatment on thermal degradation and crystallinity of coir fiber was studied in detail. Thermogravimetric analysis and X-ray diffraction techniques were mainly used to characterize the coir samples. Activation energy of degradation was calculated from Broido and Horowitz–Metzger equations. NaOH-treated samples showed an increase in thermal stability. Removal of impurities such as waxy and fatty acid residues from the coir fiber by reacting with strong base solution improved the stability of fiber. Crosslinking of cellulose with GA in the fiber enhanced the stability of the material. Scanning electron microscopy was employed to analyze the change in surface morphology upon chemical treatment. Improvement in the properties suggests that NaOH and GA can be effectively used to modify coir fiber with excellent stability.
KeywordsActivation energy Coir fiber Crystallinity Glutaraldehyde Thermal stability
The authors gratefully acknowledge the management of Global Academy of Technology, and Rajarajeswari College of Engineering, Bangalore, for providing the laboratory facilities and their encouragement.
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