Flexural behaviour of a sustainable hybrid composite panel using natural fibres

Fajrin, Jauhar and Zhuge, Yan (2015) Flexural behaviour of a sustainable hybrid composite panel using natural fibres. In: The 12th International Symposium on Fibre Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-12) & The 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fibre Reinforced Polymers in Structures (APFIS-2015), 14-16 Dec 2015, Nanjing, China.

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Although many efforts have been made to utilize natural fibers for building components, most were found to be either structurally or economically unviable. A bio-based building component with higher structural performance is normally achieved at the expense of significantly higher cost as a larger size is typically required. Similarly, reducing the size to maintain the cost will only produce a building component with lower structural perforce that may not competitive with conventional building materials. In order to overcome these shortcomings, a hybrid sandwich panel was developed where a natural fiber composite (NFC) laminate is placed as an intermediate layer in between an aluminum skin and an EPS core.

This paper presents the research outcomes of the flexural behavior of this hybrid composite sandwich panel which can be manufactured as modular panelized system. Two different types of natural fiber reinforced plastics (NFRP) laminate were incorporated into the new sandwich panel as an intermediate layer and their performance were compared. The flexural behavior was investigated through experimental testing.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 23:28
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 01:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: hybrid structures; sandwich panel; flexural; natural fiber composite; testing
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870302 Metals (e.g. Composites, Coatings, Bonding)
B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8798 Environmentally Sustainable Construction > 879804 Management of Solid Waste from Construction Activities
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28660

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