Mechanical properties of flax fiber‐reinforced composites at different relative humidities: Experimental, geometric, and displacement potential function approaches

Moudood, Abdul and Rahman, Anisur and Huq, Nayeem Md Lutful and Ochsner, Andreas and Islam, Md Mainul and Francucci, Gaston (2020) Mechanical properties of flax fiber‐reinforced composites at different relative humidities: Experimental, geometric, and displacement potential function approaches. Polymer Composites, 41 (12). pp. 4963-4973. ISSN 0272-8397


Abstract

Due to the good mechanical properties, flax fiber‐reinforced epoxy composites are being widely used as a green alternative to glass fiber composites. However, plant fibers absorb moisture from the environment, being in a higher moisture uptake as the relative humidity (RH) increases. This absorbed moisture deteriorates the mechanical properties of the composites. In this study, geometric and displacement potential function (DPF) approaches are used to predict the mechanical properties of flax fiber‐reinforced epoxy composites under environmental conditions, in particular, different RH values. The tensile properties that were measured experimentally strongly agreed with the analytical findings. Almost similar results were found for the tensile strain those were measured experimentally and the one predicted by the geometric function. However, the predicted strain values were 38% and 42% less than the experimental ones for 0% and 95% RH conditioned composites, respectively, when DPF was used. Good conformity between the experimental, analytical, and DPF formulation for predicting mechanical properties ensures the practical applicability of this study. The formulations established in this work could, therefore, be utilized to analytically solve laminated composites under specific boundary conditions in structural applications.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2020 00:57
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2021 00:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biomaterials, mechanical properties, modeling.
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401602 Composite and hybrid materials
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8604 Leather Products, Fibre Processing and Textiles > 860403 Natural Fibres, Yarns and Fabrics
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/pc.25766
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39324

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