Experimental and Analysis of Jute Fabric with Silk Fabric Reinforced Polymer Composites


Experimental and Analysis of Jute Fabric with Silk Fabric Reinforced Polymer Composites

M.R. Sanjay, K.N. Bharath, R. Vijay, D. Lenin Singaravelu, A. Vinod, M. Jawaid, Anish Khan

In the present work, mechanical and physical properties of the fabrics extracted from jute are determined and compared with silk fabric. The specimen preparation and testing are carried out as per ASTM standards. Jute and silk based composite materials are fabricated using the hand lay-up technique as per stacking sequence. Further, these jute and silk fabrics were chemically treated and the effect of this treatment on fabric strength is studied. All the composite laminates were prepared with the proportion of 60-40%. Tests like tensile test, bending test, impact test, water absorption test of jute and silk fabric reinforced epoxy based composite laminates were conducted and evaluated. The behaviour of the composite under different tests was analyzed with the help of performance curves. Water absorption test plots for different periods indicated that jute and silk based epoxy composites offer better resistance. SEM analysis shows the fracture surface of the jute and silk fabric–matrix interface. On the other hand, ANOVA was used in one way to find the significant difference between the best mechanical composite specimens. The ANSYS analysis was used to gain knowledge of the stress distribution during the tensile and flexural tests of the composites. The results obtained from various tests show that these composites can potentially replace automobile parts like bumpers, doors, and chemical containers.

Jute, Silk, Mechanical Properties, Water Absorption, SEM, ANOVA, ANSYS, Epoxy

Published online 10/1/2018, 15 pages

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21741/9781945291876-3

Part of the book on Thermoset Composites

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