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Steel and Composite Structures
  Volume 35, Number 5, June10 2020, pages 627-634

Mechanical characterization of an epoxy panel reinforced by date palm petiole particle
A. Bendada, D. Boutchicha, S. Khatir, E. Magagnini, R. Capozucca and M. Abdel Wahab

    The past years were marked by an increase in the use of wood waste in civil and mechanical constructions. Date palm waste remains also one of the most solicited renewable and recyclable natural resources in the composition of composite materials. In Algeria, a great amount of this type of plant wastes accumulates every year. In order to make use of this waste, a new wood-epoxy composite material based on date palm petiole particleboard is developed. It makes use of date palm petiole particleboard as reinforcement and epoxy resin as matrix. The size of the particles reinforcement are between 1~3 mm and proportion of reinforcement used is 37%. In this work, experimental and numerical studies are conducted in order to characterize the wood fibre-epoxy plates. Firstly, experimental modal analysis test was carried out to determine Young\'s modulus of the elaborated material. Then, in order to validate the results, compression test was conducted. Furthermore, additional information about the shear modulus of this material is obtained by performing an experimental modal analysis to extract the first torsional mode. Moreover, a finite element model is developed using ANSYS software to simulate the vibration behaviour of the plates. The results show a good agreement with the experimental modal analysis, which confirms the values of Young
Key Words
    palm; wood-epoxy composite; experimental analysis; finite element analysis
A. Bendada and D. Boutchicha: Laboratoire de Mécanique Appliquée, Université des Sciences et de la Technologie d\'Oran - Mohamed Boudiaf. Algeria
S. Khatir: Soete Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent University,
Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 46, B-9052 Zwijnaarde, Belgium
E. Magagnini and R. Capozucca: DICEA, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy
M. Abdel Wahab: Division of Computational Mechanics, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam;
Faculty of Civil Engineering, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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