Investigation on Overall Properties of Areca and Tamarind Fiber Reinforced
Hybrid Polymer Composites for Structural Applications 2018-01-1959
Composites made with natural fibers are finding applications in a wide diversity of engineering arenas owing to its specific rewards like biodegradable, low cost, readily available, easy processing, less toxic and eco-friendly physiognomies. However, the commonly used E-glass fiber polymer composite was just inverse to the properties of the reported natural fibers. Therefore, in the present work discarded areca and tamarind fibers was collected, extracted, fabricated and evaluated for its overall performance and to be implemented as an alternative for synthetic fiber composites. Composite specimens are fabricated with different proportions of fiber/matrix and investigated for their potentiality by exploring its mechanical, physical, chemical, water absorption, vibrational and thermal properties as per the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. Moreover, the obtained areca and tamarind hybrid composite results are better than their individual based composites and in par with the existing synthetic fiber products. In addition, the fractography study of the fractured composite specimens are examined using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) for inspecting the failure of the material. Hence, the tested results shown that the fabricated hybrid composites exhibits better specific properties and ensures its potentiality for aerospace and automotive applications.
Binoj J S
Sree Vidyanikethan Engineering College