Adeniran Sunday Afolalu*, Emetere Moses Eterigho and Sunny-Ekhalume Etse
Background: Owing to the rising trend of agro wastes, efforts are being geared towards producing environmentally friendly welding flux. This project developed a nano-flux powder (MnO) from banana peel using nano-technology. For the first time, manganese was synthesized from banana peel ash. After that, the nano mixtures were centrifuged and calcinated to obtain nano flux powder.
Methods: The surface morphology and physio-chemical properties of the nanopowder produced and control were determined using X-ray Powder Diffraction, Transmission Electron Microscopy, and Scanning Electron Microscopy along with Elemental Dispersive X-ray to analyze its composition. Also, the particle size was obtained using the Digmizer image.
Results: The developed nano-flux powder has a mean area of 407.72nm2, a mean perimeter of 51.02nm, and a length of 3.89nm less than the commercial flux. The FTIR revealed the maximum peak of wave number 415z.00cm-1, which shows a broad high concentration than the control with wavenumber 3546cm-1. XRD result shows that manganese oxide is present in the powder with the highest intensity at MnO (110) with Quartz at 2Ɵ = 26o, having a current of 9.26A and hematite at 2Ɵ = 28% having a current 5.34A over the control. From the EDS of qualitative analysis of the powders, manganese and oxygen were present in high quantities in the developed flux with 29.45% and 38.70% than in control with 3.15% and 23.30%, which confirmed the nano-flux as manganese oxide (MnO). The results show that nano-flux powder can be produced from agro-waste with better properties and applications.
Conclusion: From the results and discussion, banana peel was used to develop Manganese oxide flux powder, using nanotechnology, and it was characterized alongside commercial flux powder as a control.
Nanotechnology, nanoparticle, agrowaste, flux, powder, banana, welding.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Covenant University, PMB 1023, KM 10, Idiroko Road, Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State, Department of Physics, Covenant University, PMB 1023, KM 10, Idiroko Road, Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Covenant University, PMB 1023, KM 10, Idiroko Road, Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State