Study on Mechanical Behaviour of Surface
treated Coir Fiber Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites

V, Vinay (2013) Study on Mechanical Behaviour of Surface
treated Coir Fiber Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites.
BTech thesis.



The need to pursue an environmentally safer future has prompted the researchers to look beyond the artificial or synthetic fibre based composites and engage in putting more thought into the utilisation of natural fibre based polymer composites. Although synthetic fibres have a lot of advantages but we can owe its declining use in recent years to its high initial cost, non bio-degradability, non -renewability , high energy consumption in manufacturing process and adverse environmental impacts. Natural fibres however more than compensate for their poor compatibility with the matrix, inherent high moisture absorption rate with their positive attributes like low cost, low density , non abrasivity, good thermal properties, enhanced energy recovery and bio degradability. Coir is an important lignocellulose fibre used for making variety of floor furnishing materials, yarn, rope etc. but they contribute to a very small percentage production of coir. So researchers are trying to find new areas for utilisation of coir as in reinforcement polymer composite. The present work deals with development and characterisation of coir fibre reinforced epoxy composites. The coir used in the composite is first treated with alkali (in varying concentrations and considering different time constraints for each composite) to improve its surface properties and improve its adhesion with the matrix. The mechanical properties of the composite such as tensile strength, flexural strength and hardness are tested. Finally SEM has been done to get a qualitative overview of the fractured surface and to understand the surface morphology better.

Item Type:Thesis (BTech)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Coir;epoxy;composite;hardener;tensile;flexural;hardness
Subjects:Engineering and Technology > Mechanical Engineering > Production Engineering
Divisions: Engineering and Technology > Department of Mechanical Engineering
ID Code:5131
Deposited By:Hemanta Biswal
Deposited On:09 Dec 2013 14:15
Last Modified:09 Dec 2013 14:15
Supervisor(s):Biswas, S

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