An investigation on tensile, compression and flexural properties of natural fibre reinforced polyester composites

Yousif, B. F. and Jye, W. K. and El-Tayeb, N. S. M. (2007) An investigation on tensile, compression and flexural properties of natural fibre reinforced polyester composites. In: ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2007), 11-15 Nov 2007, Seattle, Washington, USA.


In the present work, effects of two types of natural
fibres on mechanical properties of polyester composites
were investigated at different volume fraction of fibre.
Tensile, compression, and flexural properties of oil palm
bunch and oil palm fruit fibres reinforced polyester
composite were presented. In addition, tensile strength of
the composites was calculated theoretically. Scanning
electron microscope was used to observe the fracture
mechanism of the specimens. Single fiber pull-out tests
were carried out to determine the interfacial shear strength
between polyester resin and oil palm fibres. As results, it
was found that both type of oil palm fibres enhanced the
mechanical performance of polyester composite. Improved
tensile strength was evidence at higher volume fraction
(≈41%).when polyester reinforced with oil palm fruit
fibres, i.e. 2.5 folds improvement in the tensile strength.
Further, experimental tensile strength of oil palm
bunch/polyester composites was found to have less
variation with the theoretical results compared to oil palm
fruit/polyester composites. Flexural strength of polyester
was worsened with oil palm fibres at all of fibre volume

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Additional Information (displayed to public): IMECE2007-44012. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions. This paper is Copyright © 2007 by ASME.
Depositing User: Dr Belal Yousif
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2010 02:03
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2014 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural fibre; polyester composites
Fields of Research (FoR): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation

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