Mechanical Properties of Short Random Oil Palm Fibre Reinforced Epoxy Composites
Mohamed Yusoff, Mohd Zuhri and Salit, Mohd Sapuan and Ismail, Napsiah and Wirawan, Riza (2010) Mechanical Properties of Short Random Oil Palm Fibre Reinforced Epoxy Composites. Sains Malaysiana, 39 (1). pp. 87-92. ISSN 0126-6039
This paper presents the study of mechanical properties of short random oil palm fibre reinforced epoxy (OPF/epoxy) composites. Empty fruit bunch (EFB) was selected as the fibre and epoxy as the matrix. Composite plate with four different volume fractions of oil palm fibre was fabricated, (5 vol%, 10 vol%, 15 vol% and 20 vol%). The fabrication was made by hand-lay up techniques. The tensile and flexural properties showed a decreasing trend as the fibre loading was increased. The highest tensile properties was obtained for the composite with fibre loading of 5 vol% and there were no significant effect for addition of more than 5 vol% to the flexural properties. Interaction between fibre and matrix was observed from the scanning electron microscope (SEM) micrograph.
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