Preparation of Unidirectional Grewia Serrulata Fiber-Reinforced Polyester Composites and Evaluation of Tensile and Flexural Properties

Mahesha, G T and Satish Rao, S B and Vijaya, K M and Bhat, K S (2016) Preparation of Unidirectional Grewia Serrulata Fiber-Reinforced Polyester Composites and Evaluation of Tensile and Flexural Properties. Journal of Natural Fibers, 13 (5). pp. 547-554. ISSN 1544-0478

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15440478.2015.1081575

Abstract

Partially biodegradable composites were prepared using bast fibers extracted from Grewia Serrulata trees with unsaturated polyester resin. Different durations of fiber pretreatment and volume fraction variations were tried for fabricating the composites. Hand lay-up techniquewasusedfor the fabrication; tensile strength and flexural strength of the specimens were tested following American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. It is found that the mechanical properties of Grewia Serrulata bast fiber-reinforced unsaturated polyester composites are superior in comparison with relevant properties of unsaturated polyester resin. Such natural fiber-reinforced composites are adaptable in applications such as automotive interiors, partition walls, and false ceilings and ensures easy material disposal ways at the end of service life as raw materials used are mostly biodegradable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Flexural strength; Grewia Serrulata; Hand lay-up; polyester; tensile strength
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Aeronautical and Automobile
Engineering > MIT Manipal > Chemistry
Engineering > MIT Manipal > Mechanical and Manufacturing
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2016 11:26
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2016 11:26
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/146792

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