Rice Husk Reinforcement in Polymer Composites

Rice Husk Reinforcement in Polymer Composites

Sanjay Sharma (Graphic Era Hill University, India) and Deepak Verma (Graphic Era Hill University, India)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0424-5.ch008
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Increasing concern about global warming and depleting petroleum reserves and the high cost of petroleum products had made scientists to focus more on the use of natural fibres such as rice husk, baggase, coconut husk, hemp, sisal, jute, flax, banana etc. Past decade has shown many efforts to develop composites to replace the Petroleum and other non-decaying material products. Reinforcement with natural fibre in composites has recently gained attention due to low cost, easy availability, low density, acceptable, strength full, stiffness, ease of separation, enhanced energy recovery, biodegradability and recyclable in nature. Natural fibre composites are suitable as wood substitutes in the construction sector. All these have excellent physical, thermal and mechanical properties and can be utilized more effectively in the development of composite materials. In this connection, an investigation has been carried using rice husk, a natural fibre abundantly available in India.
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Rice or Oryza Sativa (as botanists prefer to call it) is not a tropical plant but is still associated with a wet, humid climate. It is generally believed that the domestication of rice began somewhere in the Asia. Rice is the world’s second largest cereal crop and produces the largest amount of crop residues. Rice, rice husk and rice straw are the main products of rice cultivation and processing (Binod et al., 2010). The average ratio of rice grain: rice husk: rice straw is 1:0.25:1.25 (Haefele et al., 2011).

The outermost layer of the paddy grain/rice is the rice husk, also called rice hull. It is separated from the brown rice in rice milling. Burning rice husk produced rice husk ash (RHA), if the burning process is incomplete carbonized rice husk (CRH) is produced. Globally, approximately 600 million tons of paddy is produced each year. On average 20% of the rice paddy is husk, giving an annual total production of 120 million tones. Paddy, on an average, consists of about 72 percent of rice, 5-8 percent of bran, and 20-22 percent of husk. Of all the plant residues, the ash of rice husk contains the highest proportion of silica.

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It is estimated that every ton of paddy produces about 0.20 tons of husk and every ton of husk produces about 0.18 to 0.20 tons of ash, depending on the variety, climatic conditions and geographical location.


Production Of Rice Over The World

The Table 1 shows the production of rice over the world particularly in China and India as there is huge production in comparison to rest of the countries.

Table 1.
Rice production in metric tons
CountriesYear 2000Year 2010

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