EVALUATION OF MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF ABACA-GLASS-BANANA FIBER REINFORCED HYBRID COMPOSITES
|H.Venkatasubramanian1,C.Chaithanyan, Dr. S.Raghuraman2, T. Panneerselvam3
P.G. Student, School of Mechanical Engineering, SASTRA University, Thanjavur, INDIA1 Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, SASTRA University, Thanjavur, INDIA2 SAP, School of Mechanical Engineering, SASTRA University, Thanjavur, INDIA3
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This work deals with fabrication and investigation of mechanical properties of natural fibres such as abaca and banana fibre and compares with the hybrid natural fibre composite. Tensile, flexural and impact strength of the composites are investigated in the process of mechanical characterisation. The Reinforcement material used is a by-product of epoxy resin namely Bisphenol-A . Hand lay-up technique is used to manufacture the composite and the fibre content is varied through volume fraction of upto 0.5. Glass fibre on top and bottom layers of the laminate improves it’s surface finish and adds up strength. The Natural fibre is sandwiched in intermediate layers with the glass fibre. It is found that Abaca-Glass composite is found to have better tensile strength than the other two combination and Abaca-Glass-Banana Hybrid Composite is found to have better Flexural strength and Impact value.