Title: Mechanical testing of epoxy bonded eco friendly natural fibre composite material

Authors: S. Saravanan; K. Ganesan

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, P.S.R. Engineering College, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, P.S.R. Engineering College, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India

Abstract: The development of high-performance materials made from natural resources is increasing worldwide. The greatest challenge in working with natural fibre reinforced plastic composites is their large variation in properties and characteristics. Composite's properties are influenced by a number of variables, including the fibre type, environmental conditions (where the plant fibres are sourced), processing methods, and any modification of the fibre. The need to have composite materials that are renewable has lead to materials scientists researching on natural fibres. To minimise environmental pollution, research into rice husk, saw dust and cashew nut dust has been on for a period of time now. Rice husk, cashew nut shell dust and saw dust are easily available in huge amount. We have been considering as raw material for composite production these material are renewable sources. In this work, we have to prepare three different sample composite materials with epoxy resin. As the percentage of filler content increases the mechanical properties of tensile strength, torsion test and hardness test and impact strength were checked. In general, RH/CN/SD composite could be considered as a potential source of low cost, natural fibre for composites.

Keywords: rice husks; saw dust; cashew nut shells; shell dust; CNSD; epoxy resin; mechanical testing; ecofriendly composites; natural fibre composite materials; environmental pollution; sawdust; filler content; tensile strength; torsion; hardness; impact strength; fibre reinforced composites.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAET.2017.083396

International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology, 2017 Vol.9 No.2, pp.241 - 250

Available online: 27 Mar 2017 *

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