Preparation and Characterization of Luffa Cylindrica Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite

Mohanta, Niharika (2016) Preparation and Characterization of Luffa Cylindrica Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite. PhD thesis.



Environmental awareness today motivates the researchers, worldwide on the studies of natural fiber reinforced polymer composite and cost effective option to synthetic fiber reinforced composites. The availability of natural fibers and ease of manufacturing have tempted researchers to try locally available inexpensive fibers and to study their feasibility of reinforcement purposes and to what extent they satisfy the required specifications of good reinforced polymer composite for different applications. With low cost and high specific mechanical properties, natural fiber represents a good renewable and biodegradable alternative to the most common synthetic reinforcement, i.e. glass fiber. Despite the interest and environmental appeal of natural fibers, there use is limited to non-bearing applications, due to their lower strength compared with synthetic fiber reinforced polymer composite. The stiffness and strength shortcomings of bio composites can be overcome by structural configurations and better arrangement in a sense of placing the fibers in specific locations for highest strength performance. Accordingly, extensive studies on preparation and properties of polymer matrix composite (PMC) replacing the synthetic fiber with natural fiber like Jute, Sisal, Pineapple, Bamboo, Kenaf and Bagasse were carried out. These plant fibers have many advantages over glass fiber or carbon fiber like renewable, environmental friendly, low cost, lightweight and high specific mechanical performance.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Luffa cylindrica Fiber,Fiber surface treatment,Mechanical Properties,Moisture absorption,Erosive wear,Luffa-Glass hybrid composite,SEM
Subjects:Engineering and Technology > Mechanical Engineering > Machine Design
Divisions: Engineering and Technology > Department of Mechanical Engineering
ID Code:8025
Deposited By:Mr. Sanat Kumar Behera
Deposited On:03 Nov 2016 11:41
Last Modified:03 Nov 2016 11:41
Supervisor(s):Acharya, S K

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