Properties and behaviour of gomuti fibre composites under tensile and compressive load

Ticoalu, A. and Aravinthan, T. and Cardona, F. (2013) Properties and behaviour of gomuti fibre composites under tensile and compressive load. In: 22nd Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM 22): From Materials to Structures: Advancement Through Innovation, 11-14 Dec 2012, Sydney, Australia.

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Gomuti fibre or sugar-palm fibre is a natural fibre that traditionally has been used as roofing and insulation material. This paper presents an experimental investigation into the properties and behaviour of gomuti fibre composites when subjected to axial tensile and compressive load. Composite panels prepared for this study are the combinations of untreated unidirectional gomuti fibre with three different polymer thermoset resins (epoxy, vinylester and polyester). The panels are fabricated manually by hand lay-up. Results show that the average tensile strength of the composite specimens is between 35–46 MPa and the average compressive strength between 82–108 MPa. Specimens of gomuti/vinylester have the highest average tensile and compressive strength. Load vs extension plots of tensile specimens of all three combinations display elastic region before sudden break after peak load while compressive specimens of each combination exhibit different tendency after the elastic region and peak load.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 06:04
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2014 01:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural fibre; fibre composites; tensile; compressive; mechanical properties
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091299 Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics

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