Browse Publications Technical Papers 2019-28-0168
2019-10-11

Characterization of Areca and Tamarind fiber reinforced hybrid polymer composites for structural applications 2019-28-0168

In recent years, natural fibers reinforced composites are used in various 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 implement it 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 and thermal properties as per standard test procedures. 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.

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