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Mechanical analysis of medical waste reinforced polymer composite

Publication Type : Conference Proceedings

Publisher : Materials Today: Proceedings

Source : Materials Today: Proceedings, Volume 22, p.473-476 (2020)

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Keywords : Mechanical properties, Medical waste, Medical waste reinforced polymer composite, Polymer matrix composite

Campus : Chennai

School : School of Engineering

Center : Research & Projects

Department : Mechanical Engineering

Year : 2020

Abstract : Medical waste poses many health problems when burnt in landfills and several precautions are required while decomposing. Medical waste is classified as risky waste and non risky waste. Around 75% of medical waste generated is considered as non risky waste. In this work, non-risky medical waste obtained from crushing used tablet covers has been taken as reinforcement material. It was mixed up with epoxy resin for fabricating a new kind of composite material for enhancing mechanical properties. Six different composites with 2%, 4%, 6%, 8%, 10%, 12% volume fractions of medical wastes were fabricated using the hand lay-up process. Then the composite test samples were evaluated for mechanical properties, namely tensile, flexural and impact strength. The effect of medical waste filler volume fraction on the mechanical properties was investigated. The test results obtained confirmed yield of good mechanical properties for 10% volume fraction composite.

Cite this Research Publication : Jaya Krishna K., Jayakumar V., and Bharathiraja G., “Mechanical analysis of medical waste reinforced polymer composite”, Materials Today: Proceedings, vol. 22. pp. 473-476, 2020.

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