Title: Characterisation of mechanical and tribological behaviour of hybrid fibre reinforced polymer composites

Authors: Mythili Chaganti; Sreeramulu Munagala; Kolar Deepak; B.G. Darshan

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Maheshwara Engineering College, Hyderabad – 502307, Telangana, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wollo University, Kombolcha-208, Ethiopia ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vardhaman College of Engineering, Shamshabad, Hyderabad – 501218, Telangana, India ' Maheshwara College of Engineering, Hyderabad – 502307, Telangana, India

Abstract: Hybrid polymer composite materials have greater flexibility to control the required properties to a considerable extent by the choice of matrix. The properties are tailored in the material by selecting different kinds of fibre incorporated in the same resin matrix. This work concerns the production of glass-basalt hybrid fibre reinforced composite with and without Zirconia(ZrO2) fillers. All the composites were fabricated by the hand layup technique followed by compression moulding. The mechanical properties such as tensile strength, tensile modulus, flexural strength, flexural modulus and hardness have been investigated in accordance with ASTM standards. From the investigations, it has been found that loading of ZrO2 filler to glass basalt hybrid fibre reinforced composites show superior tensile and hardness behaviour compared to unfilled composites. The increase in ZrO2 filler to glass basalt hybrid reinforced composites shows high resistance to wear under dry sliding. Various aspects of the fractured surface of the samples have been examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) photomicrographs.

Keywords: basalt fibre; dry sliding wear and SEM; epoxy; flexural modulus; flexural strength; glass fibre; hardness; tensile modulus; tensile strength; zirconia.

DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2018.10016972

Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal, 2018 Vol.12 No.1/2, pp.180 - 191

Received: 16 Nov 2017
Accepted: 12 Jul 2018

Published online: 25 Oct 2018 *

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