Experimental Study on Mechanical Properties of Randomly Oriented Natural Fiber Hybrid Composites

Document Type: Short Communication

Authors

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sri Ranganathar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Athipalayam, Coimbatore, India

2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vidya Academy of Science and Technology Technical Campus, Kilimanoor, Kerala, India

3 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Coimbatore Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, India

Abstract

Natural fibers such as banana, sisal, snake grass, coir, hemp, jute and so on are armed with enormous advantages like less weight, reliability, recyclability and environmental friendly nature. Such fibers may enhance the system’s performance by acting as additives with the thermoplastics in different perspectives. Besides the natural composites, hybrid composites facilitate the design of material with specific property matched to an application. In the present work an attempt has been made to manufacture and test the banana and snake grass short fiber reinforced hybrid polyester composites in random orientation and random lay-up. Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide was used as the coupling agent and Cobalt Naphthalene as the catalyst. Hand layup technique was used to manufacture the composites. Relative volume fraction of the fibers was varied between 2.5-12.5% in the ratio 1:1. Properties like tensile strength and modulus, flexural strength and modulus  are measured  for the composites  by conducting  the appropriate tests according to  ASTM standards.

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