SOME MECHANICAL AND ABRASIVE PROPERTIES OF PINANG SALAR (<em>ARECA</em> <em>CATECHU</em>) STEMS
Keywords:Areca catechu, mechanical strenght, abrasive properties
The mechanical and abrasive properties of pinang salak (Areca catechu) stems were tested in accordance to the standards B.S. 373 (1957) and ASTM D 1037 - 72a (1977) respectively. Results from both tests showed the superiority of pinang salak when compared to other palms such as coconut, oil palm and some rattan species. Pinang salak is also comparable to kempas in terms of its strength and abrasive resistance.