Characterisation and Properties of Recycled Craft Shell Powder/Epoxy Composites
Deshmukh Deepak1, M.Chandrasekaran2, V.Santhanam3
1Deshmukh Deepak, Research Scholar, Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies, Chennai, India.
2M. Chandrasekaran*, Professor and Director, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies, Chennai, India.
3V.Santhanam, Professor and Head, Department of Mechatronics Engineering, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, India.

Manuscript received on November 11, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on November 20 2019. | Manuscript published on 30 November, 2019. | PP: 11766-11770 | Volume-8 Issue-4, November 2019. | Retrieval Number: D4528118419/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.D4528.118419

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Abstract: The properties of polymer composites can be tailor made by incorporating suitable filler and fiber as a reinforcement in the polymer matrix. In this work, craft shell powder had been used a natural filler in the Epoxy resin and the composites were prepared at various proportions(4%, 8%, 12%, 16% and 20%) of craft shell powder using hand layup method. The specimens were subjected to various mechanical testing such as tensile test, flexural test, impact test as per ASTM standards. The test results revealed that particulate filler reinforcement resulted in marginal increase in tensile strength but the properties decrease at higher volume fraction of the fiber. But, the values of mechanical moduli had shown better improvement due to filler addition. SEM images were taken to analyse the interfacial bonding between the matrix and filler particles.
Keywords: Craft shell powder filler, Epoxy composites, Mechanical Properties, SEM analysis, Polymer Composites
Scope of the Article: Properties and Mechanics of Concrete.