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Mechanical performance of woven kenaf-Kevlar hybrid composites


Yahaya, Ridwan and Salit, Mohd Sapuan and Jawaid, Mohammad and Leman, Zulkiflle and Zainudin, Edi Syams (2014) Mechanical performance of woven kenaf-Kevlar hybrid composites. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, 33 (24). pp. 2242-2254. ISSN 0731-6844; ESSN: 1530-7964


Hybrid composites offer a combination of advantages of constituent components to produce a material with determined properties. In the present work, woven hybrid composite was prepared by hand lay-up method in laminate configuration. Kevlar/kenaf hybrid composites were fabricated with total fibre content of 30% and the ratio of Kevlar/kenaf varies in weight fraction of 78/22, 60/40, 50/50, 26/74, and 32/68, respectively. The Kevlar/epoxy and kenaf/epoxy were also prepared for comparison. The mechanical properties of hybrid, kenaf/epoxy, and Kevlar/epoxy composites were tested. Morphological properties of tensile fracture surface of hybrid composites were studied by scanning electron microscopy. Results have established that the mechanical properties of kenaf-Kevlar hybrid composites are a function of fibre content. The hybrid composites with Kevlar/kenaf (78/22) ratio exhibited better mechanical properties compared to other hybrid composites. This result indicates the potential of Kevlar-kenaf hybrid composite for impact applications.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0731684414559864
Publisher: Sage Publications
Keywords: Woven kenaf; Kevlar; Hybrid composites; Mechanical properties
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 04:35
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 09:16
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/34471
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