Fatigue life behaviour of glass/kenaf woven-ply polymer hybrid biocomposites

Dhar Malingam, Sivakumar and Ng, Lin Feng and Lau, S. M. and Lim, K. T. (2017) Fatigue life behaviour of glass/kenaf woven-ply polymer hybrid biocomposites. Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 26 (2). pp. 499-507. ISSN 1566-2543

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Investigation on the fatigue life of hybrid composites is critical to extend their applications and acceptance among industries; however, there is a lack of research focus on fatigue performance of the hybrid composite. In this study, the fatigue life of glass/kenaf woven-ply hybrid composite with thermoplastic and thermoset polymer matrix was investigated. Hybrid composites consist of two different fibre configurations: kenaf/glass/kenaf and glass/kenaf/glass. Thermoplastic hybrid composites were manufactured through the hot press moulding compression method, while thermoset hybrid composites were fabricated through the vacuum-assisted resin infusion method. The tensile strength and fatigue strengths of the kenaf/glass/kenaf composite have been identified to be significantly lower than those of the glass/kenaf/glass composite regardless of the types of matrix used. However, thermoplastic-based kenaf/glass/kenaf composites are less fatigue sensitive compared to glass/kenaf/glass composites; however, this phenomenon is vice versa for thermoset composites due to the epoxy matrix, which limits the stiffening effect in natural fibres.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hybrid biocomposites, Fibre configuration, Fatigue properties, Natural fibre, Woven kenaf
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering > Department of Structure and Materials
Depositing User: Muhammad Afiz Ahmad
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 08:12
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2023 11:29
URI: http://eprints.utem.edu.my/id/eprint/19934
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