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Characterization of Areca and Tamarind Fiber Reinforced Hybrid Polymer Composites for Structural Applications

Sree Vidyanikethan Engineering College-Binoj Joseph Selvi, Manikandan Natarajan, Bhanu Prakash Palampalle
Published 2019-10-11 by SAE International in United States
Recently, owing to the noteworthy properties like biodegradable, low cost, readily available, easy processing, less toxic and eco-friendly nature natural fibers reinforced composites are used in different engineering applications. Nevertheless, the traditionally used synthetic E-glass fiber composite shows inverse features than that of reported natural fiber composites. Hence, in the current investigation discarded areca and tamarind fibers was collected, extracted and characterized for its overall performance and to implement it as a better alternative for artificial fiber composites. Composite coupons were made with different magnitudes of fiber/matrix and inspected for their potentiality by exploring its mechanical and thermal assets as per standard techniques. The developed areca and tamarind hybrid composite results shown better part than their individual composites and also in par with the prevailing synthetic fiber products. Hence, the tested results shown that the fabricated hybrid composites exhibits better specific properties and ensures its potentiality for aerospace and automotive applications.
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