The Elastic Properties of Unidirectional Bamboo Fibre Reinforced Epoxy Composites
O. Nurihan1, M.R.M. Hisham2, Z.A. Rasid3, M. Z. Hassan4, A.F.M. Nor5

1O. Nurihan, Pursuing Doctoral Study, MJIIT UTM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2Mohammad. Ridwan Mohd Hisham, Engineer, Favelle Favco Equipment Services Sdn. Bhd, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
3Zainudin A. Rasid, Senior Lecturer, MJIIT UTM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
4Mohamad Zaki Hassan, Senior Lecturer, UTM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
5Ariff Farhan Mohd Nor, Pursuing Doctoral Study, Department of Mechanical Precision Engineering, MJIIT, UTM Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Manuscript received on 01 August 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on 10 August 2019. | Manuscript published on 30 September 2019. | PP: 7187-7193 | Volume-8 Issue-3 September 2019 | Retrieval Number: C6206098319/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.C6206.098319
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Abstract: Natural fibres such as kenaf, jute, bamboo, flax and wood have been the subject of intensive researches in the area of fibre reinforced composite due to their environmental advantages of being renewable, biodegradable and sustainable. Bamboo fibre can be a good choice of natural fibre reinforcement for structural applications due to its excellent strength to weight ratio that is comparable to that of mild steel. In this study, mechanical properties of both continuous and short bamboo fibre reinforced composites are predicted using micromechanical approaches. The finite element method was used where three-dimensional micromechanical representative volume element with square and hexagonal packing geometry was implemented. The results were then compared with the findings from analytical approach that includes the rule of mixture and the Halpin-Tsai model. It was found that for all properties, the FEM and analytical methods give comparable trends of property on volume fraction plots. Furthermore, the longitudinal modulus given by all models are in excellent agreement as it increases linearly with the increase in bamboo fibre volume fraction.
Index Terms: Natural Fibres, Bamboo Fibre, Representative volume element, Rule of mixture, Halpin-Tsai model.

Scope of the Article:
Properties and Mechanics of Concrete