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Experimental Investigation on Mechanical Properties and Vibration Damping Frequency Factor of Kenaf Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Composite
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published October 11, 2019 by SAE International in United States
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Event: International Conference on Advances in Design, Materials, Manufacturing and Surface Engineering for Mobility
Kenaf Fiber regarded as industrial crop for different applications. It is one of the most important plants cultivated for natural fibers globally. Natural fibers such as kenaf fibers are getting attention of researchers and industries to utilize it in different composites due to its biodegradable nature. In this present investigation mechanical properties, vibration damping frequency factor and thermogravimetric analysis of kenaf fiber reinforced epoxy composite (KFREC) have been evaluated and reported. The tests were conducted with different weight categories of kenaf fiber such as 20%, 25%, 30% and 35%. The effects of fiber content on tensile, flexural, impact strengths, hardness and thermal decomposition properties of the composite were determined. The failure mechanism and damage features of the KFREC were categorized using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The results indicate that the increase in the fiber content decreases the damping vibration factor (ζ) correspondingly. The lowest value of the damping vibration factor was recorded as 0.033 for 35% weight content of Kenaf fiber in the composite. The maximum value of hardness, tensile, flexural, and impact strengths were noted as 447 BHN, 45.62 MPa, 124 kN and 13.2 J respectively and the effective thermal decomposition range was 378.64 - 442.18 °C for 35% of kenaf weight content KFREC. From the results it is identified that the kenaf fiber at 35% weight content reinforced with epoxy resin will be suitable for structural application in automobiles such as bumper beams, door panels and front modules. In addition to that the light weight nature of the kenaf fiber will help in achieving fuel economy in automobiles.
- Sathish Kumar Rajamanickam - Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science
- Vishnuvardhan Ravichandran - Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology
- Sivakumar Sattanathan - Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science
- Deenadayalan Ganapathy - Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science
- Joshuva Arockia Dhanraj - Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science
CitationRajamanickam, S., Ravichandran, V., Sattanathan, S., Ganapathy, D. et al., "Experimental Investigation on Mechanical Properties and Vibration Damping Frequency Factor of Kenaf Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Composite," SAE Technical Paper 2019-28-0167, 2019, https://doi.org/10.4271/2019-28-0167.
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