On the mechanical properties of a treated betelnut fibre-reinforced polyester composite

Yousif, B. F. and Nirmal, U. (2010) On the mechanical properties of a treated betelnut fibre-reinforced polyester composite. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 224 (9). pp. 1805-1814. ISSN 0954-4062

Abstract

The present work is an attempt to investigate the mechanical properties of a treated betelnut fibre-reinforced polyester composite. Tensile, flexural, compression, and hardness tests were carried out. As a result of reinforcing the polyester with the treated betelnut fibre mats, the tensile, flexural, compression, and hardness properties of the composite were enhanced by about 141 per cent, 28 per cent, 85 per cent, and 6 per cent when compared to neat polyester. The high roughness of the outer layer of the treated betelnut fibre and the presence of trichomes were the main reasons for the high enhancement of mechanical properties of the composites. Scanning electron microscopy observation showed low fibre pullout during the mechanical test. The failure mechanism was dominated by fibre breakage and slight debonding during the tensile tests.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 by Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2014 05:30
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2014 01:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: mechanical properties; polyester composite; treated betelnut fibre
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091008 Manufacturing Safety and Quality
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1243/09544062JMES1943
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26299

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