IJE TRANSACTIONS A: Basics Vol. 31, No. 4 (April 2018) 212-219    Article in Press

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S. KONA and L. N. A
( Received: July 21, 2017 – Accepted: October 12, 2017 )

Abstract    Effect of addition of filler material to the natural fiber composite was investigated experimentally. Composites are manufactured by the conventional hand-layup method. All the composites are made with a fixed banana fiber with 15% weight fraction addition of different weight fraction of (0, 3, 5, 7.5%) groundnut shell ash is added to the composite. Tensile, hardness, impact and compressive strength are conducted to find the mechanical behavior of the composites. Preparation and testing were conducted according to the ASTM standards. Results illustrate that mechanical properties are improved by the addition of groundnut shell ash to the epoxy based banana fiber composite. Natural fibers are predominantly used in automobile, aerospace and packing material. Natural fibers have more advantages than the inorganic materials, the environmental impact of the natural fibers are less compared to synthetic fibers.


Keywords    Reinforced polymer composites, banana fibers, mechanical properties.


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