Masters Theses


"Naturally occurring materials or materials derived from Mother Nature share an indispensable relationship with the mankind. The greatest of the inventions and discoveries were either inspired by Nature or were found in Nature. Materials made from natural wastes not only solve the disposal problem but also provide an answer to the increasing important question related to sustainable supply of useful materials to society. Rice hull, a low value by product of rice production represents a natural material of considerable potential. Rice hull is the covering that protects the rice seed. A number of industrially important materials for the emerging field of nanotechnology could be derived from this natural material.

The research described in this thesis was directed at generation of nano scale silica and silicon carbide from rice hull and incorporation of these materials in composite structures. Results showed that with appropriate chemical and thermal treatment rice hull yields nano scale silica with diameters ranging from 10 - 30nm and high aspect ratio nanoscale silicon carbide whiskers. Results also showed that incorporation of these materials in composite structure led to a significant improvement in the mechanical properties of the composites. A 68.26 % increase in Youngs Modulus was obtained for a 40 % reinforcement of Silica in EPON and 67.6 % increase in Youngs Modulus was obtained for a 40 % reinforcement of SiC"--Abstract, page iii.


Flanigan, V. J.

Committee Member(s)

Kapila, Shubhender
Chandrashekhara, K.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date



xi, 68 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 62-67).


© 2004 Ganesh Ayalasomayajula, All rights reserved.

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Subject Headings

Rice hulls -- Research
Silicon carbide

Thesis Number

T 8620

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