Istrazivanja i projektovanja za privreduJournal of Applied Engineering Science

FABRICATION OF EPOXY COMPOSITE MATERIAL REINFORCED WITH BAMBOO FIBERS


DOI: 10.5937/jaes0-26549 
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Mohamed Khazal Hussain*
Middle Technical University, Technical Engineering College, Materials Engineering Department, Baghdad, Iraq

Salman H. Abbas
Middle Technical University, Technical Engineering College, Materials Engineering Department, Baghdad, Iraq

Younis M. Younis
Middle Technical University, Technical Engineering College, Materials Engineering Department, Baghdad, Iraq

Mohamed Abdul Rahman
Middle Technical University, Technical Engineering College, Mechatronics Engineering Department, Baghdad, Iraq

Mohamed Abdul Rahman
Middle Technical University, Technical Engineering College, Power Mechanic Engineering Department, Baghdad, Iraq

This study aims to enhance the mechanical properties of polymer material using type of natural fiber. Bamboo fiber considered the strongest between the natural fibers group, it have low density, high mechanical strength in addition to its availability makes it economical applicable and have potential for used as engineering material. The study is concerned with evaluate some of the mechanical properties (Tensile strength, Bending strength, Impact strength) for the resultant composite reinforced with 10, 20 and 30 vol.% of bamboo fibers, as compared with received material. With the natural reinforcement, the optimum mechanical properties in comparison with the as received epoxy were achieved. The results indicated that the tensile strength increased from 13.51MPa to 33.50MPa (that is a percentage increase of 150 %), also the bending strength increased from 24.25MPa to 44.5MPa (that is a percentage increase about 83 %), as well as, the increase of the impact strength from 41kJ/m2 to 69kJ/m2 (that is a percentage increase about 68 %).

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The authors would like to acknowledge with gratitude to Miss Sarah Khalid and Miss Hadeel Kamel, due to their important contribution to accomplish this research.

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