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Mechanical Properties of Ipomoea Staphylina Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Polymer Composite

Author(s):

Suresh Kumar C , GOVERNMENT COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING - TIRUNELVELI; S. Somesh Subramanian, GOVERNMENT COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING- TIRUNELVELI

Keywords:

Ipomoea Staphylina Fiber (ISF), Epoxy Resin, Fiber Treatment, Compression Moulding, Mechanical Properties

Abstract

Polymer Matrix composites have been widely used nowadays for its superior strength quality along with a considerable amount of reduction in weight and cost. In automotive components the use of natural fibers has increased to reduce the weight and increase the strength and safety of the automobile components. Natural Fiber reinforced Thermoplastic components in the automotive industry can afford the advantages of weight, cost reduction and recyclability, compared to conventional materials. The handling of natural fibers in automotive exterior and interior components is essential to recover eco-efficiency and renewability. The natural fiber extracted from Ipomoea staphylina is treated with sodium hydroxide solution. Then the treated fiber is reinforced with LY556 grade epoxy resin by compression moulding process. The fiber is reinforced into the matrix in a random fashion. Later the mechanical properties namely Tensile strength and Flexural strength are evaluated experimentally by using Universal Testing Machine. Hardness value of this natural fiber composite is measured by using computerized Vickers hardness testing machine.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV5I120465
Published in: Volume : 5, Issue : 12
Publication Date: 01/03/2018
Page(s): 840-843

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