Mechanical Properties of Kenaf Bast and Core Fibre Reinforced Unsaturated Polyester Composites

Abd Manaf, Mohd Edeerozey (2010) Mechanical Properties of Kenaf Bast and Core Fibre Reinforced Unsaturated Polyester Composites. IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 11 (012006). pp. 1-6. ISSN 1757-899X

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Kenaf fibre has high potential to be used for composite reinforcement in biocomposite material. It is made up of an inner woody core and an outer fibrous bark surrounding the core. The aim of this study was to compare the mechanical properties of short kenaf bast and core fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites with varying fibre weight fraction i.e. 0%, 5%, 10%,20%, 30% and 40%. The compression moulding technique was used to prepare the composite specimens for tensile, flexural and impact tests in accordance to the ASTM D5083, ASTM D790 and ASTM D256 respectively. The overall results showed that the composites reinforced with kenaf bast fibre had higher mechanical properties than kenaf core fibre composites. The results also showed that the optimum fibre content for achieving highest tensile strength for both bast and core fibre composites was 20%wt. It was also observed that the elongation at break for both composites decreased as the fibre content increased. For the flexural strength, the optimum fibre content for both composites was 10%wt while for impact strength, it was at 10%wt and 5%wt for bast and core fibre composites respectively.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kenaf bast fibre, Kenaf core fibre, Mechanical properties
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Engineering Materials
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2013 05:53
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2022 13:22
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