EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION ON MECHANICAL AND THERMAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FIBER-POLYMER COMPOSITES

Authors

  • Valar Jothi P Department of Mechanical Engineering, NPR College of Engineering and Technology, Natham-624401, Tamilnadu, India.
  • Jayabal S Department of Mechanical Engineering, A.C.Government College of Engineering and Technology, Karaikudi-630003, Tamilnadu, India.
  • Kishore Kumar J Department of Mechanical Engineering, A.C.Government College of Engineering and Technology, Karaikudi-630003, Tamilnadu, India.
  • Sathiyamurthy S of Mechanical Engineering, Easwari Engineering College, Chennai - 600089, Tamilnadu, India.

Keywords:

Banana polymer composites, Polyester resin, Polypropylene, glass fiber, Rice Husk

Abstract

The demand for eco-friendly and lightweight materials in the automobile and structural sectors has focused the material experts to extend their research into the fields of natural fiber polymer composites. The present investigation is focused on the experimental investigation on mechanical and thermal characteristics of polymer composites. In this investigation, six different combinations of composites were selected for the evaluation of mechanical and thermal properties experimentally and their results were obtained. The better mechanical properties obtained in Banana- Rice Husk- Epoxy composites are comparable with Glass- Epoxy composites. The Banana- Rice Husk- Epoxy composites exhibited better values of tensile, flexural, impact and compressive strength of 39.7 MPa, 68.45 MPa, 40.8 kJ/m2 and 898.79 MPa respectively. Similarly the Glass-Epoxy composites exhibit the values of tensile, flexural, impact and compressive strength are 99.5 MPa, 150.49 MPa, 280.2 kJ/m2 and 3819.72 MPa respectively. Thus a hybrid particulate composite reveals the effective role played by rice husk in improving mechanical and thermal properties. Thus overall results revealed that hybrid natural fiber composites can be considered as a light weight material, and can produces better strength for the places where plastics are replaced.

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2018-09-01

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Valar Jothi P, Jayabal S, Kishore Kumar J, and Sathiyamurthy S, “EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION ON MECHANICAL AND THERMAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FIBER-POLYMER COMPOSITES”, JME, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 152–157, Sep. 2018.

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