IJSEA Archive (Volume 2, Issue 8)
International Journal of Science and Engineering Applications (IJSEA) (Volume 2, Issue 8 - August 2013)
Effect of Fiber Orientation on the Flexural Properties of PALF Reinforced Bisphenol Composites
Vinod B, Sudev L J
Keywords: Pineapple leaf fiber, Bisphenol, anaerobic extraction, mechanical properties, flexural strength.
Mankind has been aware of composite materials since several hundred years before Christ and applied innovation to improve the quality of life. Although it is not clear has to how man understood the fact that mud bricks made sturdier houses if lined with straw, he used them to make buildings that lasted. In recent years natural fibers appear to be the outstanding materials which are abundant and come as viable substitute for the expensive and nonrenewable synthetic fiber. Natural fibers like sisal, banana, jute, oil palm, kenaf and coir has been used as reinforcement in thermoset composite for applications in consumer goods, furniture, low cost housing and civil structures. Pineapple leaf fiber (PALF) is one of them that have also good potential as reinforcement in thermoset composite. The objective of the present work is to explore the potential of using PALF as reinforcement and investigate the effect of fiber orientation on the flexural properties of PALF reinforced Bisphenol composite. From this experimental study, it was observed that the fiber orientation greatly influences the flexural properties of reinforced composites. A higher flexural strength of 105.5754Mpa was obtained for inclined orientated fibers compared to that of Uni-directional & Bi-directional oriented fibers.
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title = "Effect of Fiber Orientation on the Flexural Properties of PALF Reinforced Bisphenol Composites ",
journal = "International Journal of Science and Engineering Applications (IJSEA)",
volume = "2",
number = "8",
pages = "166 - 169",
year = "2013",
author = " Vinod B, Sudev L J ",