Investigation on Improvement of Mechanical Properties of Kenaf / E-Glass Fiber Composites by Mercerization Process
A hybrid composites mechanical properties consisting of un-treated and treated bast Kenaf fiber and E- glass fiber was investigated by varying the fiber glass weight ratio and using interplay fabrication method. A further comparison was made with corresponding properties of 100% wt E-glass fiber composites sample. The expected results were to have better composites performance in terms of toughness and impact strength as a comparison between the E- glass fiber reinforced composites and Kenaf fiber reinforced composites alone. All samples are prepared using typical samples preparation techniques. Result shows that the incorporation of E – glass fiber resulted in brittle failure and a higher amount of E-Glass fiber with low percentage of Kenaf fiber resulted in high strength, low ductile and low toughness behavior.
S.M. Sapuan, F. Mustapha, D.L. Majid, Z. Leman, A.H.M. Ariff, M.K.A. Ariffin, M.Y.M. Zuhri, M.R. Ishak and J. Sahari
A. M. Ya’acob et al., "Investigation on Improvement of Mechanical Properties of Kenaf / E-Glass Fiber Composites by Mercerization Process", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 471-472, pp. 227-232, 2011