Water absorption associated with gamma irradiation on Kevlar/oil palm EFB hybrid composites

Siti Madiha Muhammad Amir, Mohamed Thariq Hameed Sultan, Mohammad Jawaid, Ain Umaira Md Shah, Ahmad Hamdan Ariffin, Shukri Mohd, Khairul Anuar Mohd Salleh

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The objective of this work is to analyse the water absorption behaviour on the gamma irradiated Kevlar/Oil Palm EFB hybrid composites. The hybrid composites were fabricated through manual hand lay-up method. Different layering sequence of hybrid composites were fabricated which is Oil Palm EFB/Kevlar/ Oil Palm EFB (OP/K/OP) and Kevlar/Oil Palm EFB/Kevlar (K/OP/K). Various Gamma radiation doses; 25 kGy, 50 kGy and 150 kGy were exposed to the composites. The results showed that for both layering pattern, the water absorption for non-irradiated hybrid composites absorbed more water than irradiated hybrid composites. Water uptake for non-irradiated K/OP/K is 51% and with radiation is 21% at 50 kGy. Hybrid OP/K/OP that is not irradiated absorbed less water which is 27% as compared to the same hybrid but with radiation only 17%of water being absorbed at 50 kGy. The results showed that irradiated hybrid composites absorb less water compared to non-irradiated hybrid composites. This suggest that crosslinking took place due to the radiation. This implies that with radiation of certain dose could improves the properties of water absorption for Kevlar/ Oil Palm EFB hybrid composites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-447
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Gamma irradiation
  • Hybrid composites
  • Water absorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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