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Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  Volume 74, Number 4, May25 2020 , pages 515-520

Experimental evaluation on comparative mechanical properties of Jute – Flax fibre Reinforced composite structures
B. Ravi Kumar, C.H. Naga Srimannarayana, K. Aniruth Krishnan and S.S. Hariharan

    In the modern era, the world is facing unprecedented challenges in form of environmental pollution and international agencies are forcing scientists and materialists to look for green materials and structures to counter this problem. Composites based on renewable sources like plant based fibres, vegetable fibres are finding increasing use in interior components of automobile vehicles, aircraft, and building construction. In the present study, jute and flax fibre based composites were developed and tested for assessing their suitability for possible applications in interior cabin and parts of automobile and aerospace vehicles. Matrix system involves epoxy as resin and fibre weight fractions used were 45% and 55% respectively. Composites samples were prepared as per American society for testing and materials (ASTM) standard and were tested for individual fiber tensile strength, composite tensile strength, and flexural strength to analyse its behavior under various loading conditions. The results revealed that the Jute fibre composites possess enhanced mechanical properties over Flax fibre composites.
Key Words
    composites; natural fibres; mechanical testing; Jute; flax; ASTM
School of Mechanical Engineering, SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu 613402, India

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