EFFECTS OF PROCESS PARAMETERS ON TENSILE STRENGTH OF BANANA FIBER REINFORCED THERMOSETTING POLYMER COMPOSITES
Publication Date : 31/01/2017
Synthetic fibers (such as glass, carbon, ceramic fibers, etc) which were imported at huge cost could be replaced by natural fibers such as flax, hemp, jute, kenaf, etc. and widely used. In this research work, banana fiber reinforced vinylester matrix composites have been developed by hand layup molding technique with varying parameters, such as fiber condition (untreated and chemically treated), fiber sizes 10,30 and 50 cm and fiber content (10%, 30% and 50% by weight). The developed banana fiber reinforced composites were then characterized by chemical methods. The results show that tensile strength increases with increase in the fiber size and content; however, after a certain size and fiber content, the tensile strength decreased again. The maximum Tensile strength was 1127N/mm 2 at a fiber length of 2.2cm and volume fraction of 36%.
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