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Effect of Rice Husk and Rice Husk Ash on Coconut Fiber Reinforced Polyester Composites

Author(s):

Sadhu Prasanth , Acharya Nagarjuna University; T Suseela, Acharya Nagarjuna University

Keywords:

Rice Husk, coconut fiber

Abstract

Fiber-reinforced polymer composites played a dominant role for a long time in a variety of applications for their high specific strength. The fiber which serves as reinforcement in reinforced plastics may be synthetic or natural. Past studies show that only synthetic fibers such as glass, carbon etc., have been used in fiber-reinforced plastics. Although glass and other synthetic fiber-reinforced plastics possess high specific strength, it is very limited application. In this connection, an investigation has been carried out to make use of coconut, a natural fiber abundantly available in India. Natural fibers are not only strong and lightweight but also relatively very cheap. The present work describes the development and characterization of a new set of natural fiber based polymer composites consisting of coconut fiber as reinforcement, polyester resin, some materials like rice husk and rice husk ash. Experiments are carried out to study the effect of different fiber composition such as coconut fiber, rice husk and rice husk ash and polyester composites. In the present work, polyester and rice husk ash composition gives more tensile strength and composition of coconut fiber, rice husk and rice husk ash and polyester gives the more impact strength. This work can be further extended to study other aspects of such composites like effect of fiber content, fiber orientation, loading pattern, fiber treatment on mechanical behaviour of coconut fiber, rice husk and rice husk ash and polyester composites.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV4I50347
Published in: Volume : 4, Issue : 5
Publication Date: 01/08/2016
Page(s): 445-448

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