Suitability of using coir fiber/polymeric composite for the design of liquid storage tanks

Yousif, B. F. and Ku, H. (2012) Suitability of using coir fiber/polymeric composite for the design of liquid storage tanks. Materials and Design, 36. pp. 847-853. ISSN 0264-1275


Single fiber pull-out test is employed experimentally to model the interfacial adhesion characteristics of natural fibers with synthetic resin. The current study investigates the possibility of using coir fiber as reinforcements for polyester composites under aging process. The main application would be in designing tanks storage for different types of liquid. A single fiber pull out samples were soaked in seven different solutions (water, salt water, gasoline, diesel, break oil, engine oil, and power staring oil) for 6 months, and the pull-out tests were then carried out. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to examine the damage features on the samples. The results revealed that the highest amount of liquid absorbed was water, followed by salt water, which is due to the low viscosity of those liquids compared to other liquids. In spite of that, the highest interfacial adhesion property was found in samples soaked in salt water, which was about 120 MPa followed by water. SEM images showed that no pulling out process taking place during the test indicating high interfacial adhesion properties of coir fibers to the polyester. However, the differences in the interfacial adhesion properties are due to the deterioration in the fiber strength during the aging process.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2013 00:40
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2015 03:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: coir fiber; polyester; water; interfacial adhesion; SEM and pull-out tests
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090701 Environmental Engineering Design
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8298 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production > 829899 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2011.01.063

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