A Critical Comprehension of Effect of Surface Treatment on Physical and Mechanical Properties of Date Palm – Stem Fiber Embedded Epoxy Composites

Natural fiber-reinforced polymer composites are commonly used in a variety of engineering applications due to their outstanding characteristics such as low density, ease of procurement, and superior mechanical properties, but natural fibres are typically hydrophilic. An investigation into a type of natural fibre composite known as date palm-stem fibre composite was conducted in order to develop a new material with excellent water resistance properties that can be used in a variety of applications. Under the current study, the effect of loading date palm-stem fibre on physical and mechanical properties was studied, and appropriate efforts were made to investigate the surface treatment of short fibre based epoxy composites. The characteristics of the treated fibres were observed and compared to those of the untreated fibres. By using a simple hand lay-up technique, composites of various compositions with varying amounts of fibre loading were created, and it was discovered that the effect of fibre surface treatment on the overall properties of composites was quite important. Furthermore, date palm-stem and glass fiber-epoxy based hybrid composites had a lower water absorption rate.

Author (s) Details

Debasmita Mishra
Department of Mechanical Engineering, VSSUT, Burla, Odisha, 768018, India.

Janaki Dehury
Department of Mechanical Engineering, VSSUT, Burla, Odisha, 768018, India.

Satchidananda Tripathy
Department of Mechanical Engineering, VSSUT, Burla, Odisha, 768018, India.

Alok Satapathy
Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIT, Rourkela, Odisha, 769008 India.

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