Mechanical properties of woven banana fibre reinforced epoxy composites.
Salit, Mohd Sapuan, A., Leenie, Mohamed, Harimi and Yeo, Kay Beng (2006) Mechanical properties of woven banana fibre reinforced epoxy composites. Materials and Design, 27 (8). pp. 689-693. ISSN 0264-1275
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In this paper, the experiments of tensile and flexural (three-point bending) tests were carried out using natural fibre with composite materials (Musaceae/epoxy). Three samples prepared from woven banana fibre composites of different geometries were used in this research. From the results obtained, it was found that the maximum value of stress in x-direction is 14.14 MN/m2, meanwhile the maximum value of stress in y-direction is 3.398 MN/m2. For the Young’s modulus, the value of 0.976 GN/m2 in x-direction and 0.863 GN/m2 in y-direction were computed. As for the case of three-point bending (flexural), the maximum load applied is 36.25 N to get the deflection of woven banana fibre specimen beam of 0.5 mm. The maximum stress and Young’s modulus in x-direction was recorded to be 26.181 MN/m2 and 2.685 GN/m2, respectively. Statistical analysis using ANOVA-one way has showed that the differences of results obtained from those three samples are not significant, which confirm a very stable mechanical behaviour of the composites under different tests. This shows the importance of this product and allows many researchers to develop an adequate system for producing a good quality of woven banana fibre composite which maybe used for household utilities.
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