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Effect of Natural Fiber Loading on Mechanical Properties and Thermal Characteristics of Hybrid Polyester Composites for Industrial and Construction Fields

Authors
  • Sathees Kumar, S.1
  • 1 CMR Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, Telangana, 501 401, India , Hyderabad (India)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Fibers and Polymers
Publisher
The Korean Fiber Society
Publication Date
Jul 27, 2020
Volume
21
Issue
7
Pages
1508–1514
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12221-020-9853-4
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

In the present work tensile, flexural, impact and hardness properties of sorghum bicolor, sisal fiber and jute reinforced with polyester composites are described for the first time. The hybrid composite plates are fabricated for different fiber weights by hand lay-up method. To investigate the mechanical attributes tensile, flexural, impact and hardness tests were performed as per ASTM standard. The mechanical test results revealed a regular trend of an increase in tensile, flexural, impact and hardness properties to adding natural fibers. Good adhesion between the natural fibers and the polyester matrix is also responsible for the effective resistance capability. Further, thermal stability and thermal decomposition of the composite material observed by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The work concludes that sisal, jute, and sorghum bicolor fiber have high potential as reinforcement for composite production. This type of composite material can be useful for automobiles, industrial applications and construction fields.

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