Enhancement of Mechanical Properties of an Epoxy Composite Reinforced with Hibiscuss Sabdariffa Var. Altissima Fiber Micro Cellulose
Abhilash Karakoti1, A. Soundhar2, M. Rajesh3, K. Jayakrishna4, Mohamed Thariq Bin Haji Hameed Sultan5

1Abhilash Karakoti, Vellore Institute of Technology, (Tamil Nadu), India.
2A. Soundhar, Vellore Institute of Technology, (Tamil Nadu), India.
3M. Rajesh, Vellore Institute of Technology, (Tamil Nadu), India.
4K. Jayakrishna, Vellore Institute of Technology, (Tamil Nadu), India. India.
5Ir. Ts. Dr. Mohamed Thariq Hameed Sultan, Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, and Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP), Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Manuscript received on 05 July 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 15 August 2019 | Manuscript Published on 27 August 2019 | PP: 477-480 | Volume-8 Issue-2S4 July 2019 | Retrieval Number: B10930782S419/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.B1093.0782S419
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Abstract: The effects of micro cellulose reinforcement on the mechanical properties of epoxy composites were investigated. Micro cellulose were extracted from Hibiscuss sabdariffa fibers using the steam explosion technique and repeated chemical treatments. Reinforcing of epoxy resin with micro cellulosic fibers was done in particle form. Tensile, hardness and impact results revealed that mechanical properties of micro cellulose reinforced composites increases for 10%, 20% and 30% fiber loading and then decrease for 40% loading. Composite with 30% of micro cellulose enhanced the overall mechanical properties of composite, due to the enhanced fiber-matrix adhesion and micro cellulose reinforcement.
Keywords: Cellulose, Composites, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Var Altissima, Hardness.
Scope of the Article: Mechanical Maintenance