Machinability of glass/date palm fibre epoxy composites

Alsaeed, T. and Yousif, B. F. ORCID: (2014) Machinability of glass/date palm fibre epoxy composites. International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials, 16 (2). pp. 129-150. ISSN 1748-5711


Nowadays, there is interest in using natural fibres as reinforcement for polymer composites for different applications to replace synthetic fibre composites. In this paper, the machinability of epoxy composites based on date palm fibres is evaluated in terms of hole accuracy, entry and exit delamination factor, specific cutting pressure, surface roughness and power consumption. The results were compared with synthetic fibre/epoxy composites based on glass fibres. Several operating parameters were considered in drilling process using CNC machine, i.e., feed rates (0.06, 0.09 and 0.12 mm/rev), drilling speeds (120, 690, and 1,450 rpm), and drill diameters (3, 7, 10 mm). Optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy were used to examine the hole surface. The results revealed that most of the machinability measurements were controlled by the operating parameters. The addition of the date palm fibres to the composites was very competitive to the neat epoxy and much better than the glass/epoxy composites in term of power consumption, delamination and surface roughness. The main contributor to the low performance of the glass/epoxy composites is the abrasive nature of the glass compared to the date palm fibres.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2014 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - No Department (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - No Department (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2014 05:00
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 05:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: drilling process; fibre polymer composites; machinability; natural; synthetic
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091004 Machining
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
03 Chemical Sciences > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030502 Natural Products Chemistry
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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