Title: The performance of bio waste fibres reinforced polymer hybrid composite

Authors: B. Stalin; A. Athijayamani

Addresses: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, Regional Office Madurai, K. Pudur, Madurai-625007, Tamilnadu, India ' Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, A.C. College of Engineering and Technology, Karaikudi-630 004, Tamilnadu, India

Abstract: In the present communication, the bio waste bagasse and coir fibres with different proportions were used as reinforcements to vinyl ester-based matrices. The effects of fibre content on mechanical properties, tribological behaviour (wear resistance) and machinability (drill hole analysis) of hybrid composite materials were studied. An improvement in strength and stiffness combined with high toughness was achieved by varying the fibre content. In wear testing, 40 wt% composite showed good wear resistance. In drill hole profile analysis, composite with 40 wt% fibre content shows elastic re-bounce than other composite materials. 40 wt% composite shows better dimensional accuracy than 50 wt% composites.

Keywords: biowaste fibres; reinforced polymer composites; hybrid composites; mechanical properties; wear resistance; drill hole profile analysis; bagasse fibres; coir fibres; reinforcement materials; vinyl ester based matrices; fibre content; tribological behaviour; tribology; wear resistance; machinability; strength; stiffness; toughness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMATEI.2016.077312

International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation, 2016 Vol.7 No.1, pp.15 - 25

Available online: 24 Jun 2016 *

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