Tensile properties of bagasse reinforced epoxy composites

Trada, M. and Mandava, J. and Ku, H. and Yousif, B. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3847-5469 (2012) Tensile properties of bagasse reinforced epoxy composites. In: 8th Asian-Australasian Conference on Composite Materials (ACCM 2012): Composites: Enabling Tomorrow's Industry Today, 6-8 Nov 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Epoxy resin was filled with chopped bagasse to optimize the strength of the composite for structural applications by a research centre in the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). In order to reduce costs, the centre wishes to fill as much glass microspheres as possible subject to maintaining sufficient strength and fracture toughness of the composites in structural applications. This project varies the percentage by weight of the chopped bagasse in the composites. After casting the composites to the moulds, they were cured at ambient conditions for 24 hours. They were then post-cured in either a conventional oven or microwaves and subjected to tensile tests. It was found that the values of tensile strength and Young modulus of the composites decreased with increasing filler content. It was also found that the fractured surfaces examined under scanning electron microscope were correlated with the tensile strengths. The contribution of the study was that if tensile properties were the most important factors to be considered in the applications of the composites, bagasse is not a suitable filler. It is also hoped that the discussion and results in this work would not only contribute towards the development of glass powder reinforced epoxy composites with better material properties, but also useful for the investigations of tensile properties in other composites.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 06 May 2013 06:29
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 04:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: tensile strength; Young's modulus; epoxy resin; chopped bagasse fibers
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22834

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