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Mechanical Properties of Nypa Palm Leaf in Some Selected Communities in Port Harcourt Local Government area of Rivers State, Nigeria

1Elenwo, E. I., and *2Elenwo, O. P.

1Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Nigeria.

2Department of Physics, University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Nigeria.

Accepted March 19, 2016

The objective of the study was to investigate the mechanical properties such as hardness and bulk density of the Nypa Palm leafs. The Nypa Palm leaf samples were collected from Okujagu-Ama, Abuloma and Amadi - Ama, in Port Harcourt Local Government, Rivers State. The preparation and mechanical properties tests were carried out in Prodec-Fugro, Laboratory. Each of the observed properties of the different grain sizes were analysed and summarized in Tables 1 3 in this study. The bulk density of the Nypa Palm is (5.71 12.76) x 102kgm-3 while the hardness range is (41 71) HRC. Density and hardness of the Nypa Palm leaf were also compared to those of existing roofing materials like Aluminum. Other materials compared were Raffia Palm, Pine wood, Oak wood, Bamboo and Maple wood. It was discovered that, the density and hardness of the Nypa Palm leaf samples were lesser than those of the existing roofing materials and this can affect its use as a roofing material. Therefore, it was also concluded that, binders have to be added as well as other treatment materials on the Nypa Palm leaves to make it suitable for roofing, especially as ceiling for buildings.

Key words: Mechanical-Properties, Nypa-Palm-Leaf, Selected Communities, Port Harcourt.

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