Effect of Stacking Sequences on Impact properties of Kenaf – Areca Hybrid Epoxy Composite
P. Sathyaseelan1, Prabhukumar Sellamuthu2

1P.Sathyaseelan, Research Scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Veltech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India.
1Prabhukumar Sellamuthu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Veltech Rangarajan Dr.Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India.

Manuscript received on 26 August 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on 08 September 2019. | Manuscript published on 30 September 2019. | PP: 2038-2041 | Volume-8 Issue-11, September 2019. | Retrieval Number: K19220981119/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.K1922.0981119
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Abstract: In this research impact properties of the hybrid natural fiber composites made up of areca, kenaf fiber mats with a 10 wt. % of wood dust as the filler materials in six different stacking sequences are studied. The fibers are treated for 30 hours with 10 % of NaOH solution at room temperature to improve the adhesion properties of the fibers. The composites are made-up by hand lay-up procedure using unsaturated polyester resin combined with a catalyst of Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide (MEKP) and accelerator of Cobalt. The fabricated composites are allowed to cure for 24 hours at room temperature by placing a dead weight which gives a compact pressure. After that the hybrid composites are cut as per ASTM D256 standard to carry out the impact test by Izod Charpy impact tester. Five samples in each stacking were tested for the average value. The impact energy absorbed by specimens with six different stacking sequences are compared. The morphological study of the fractured impact specimens are studied using Scanning Electron Microscope images.
Keywords: Areca, Kenaf, Impact, SEM
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