Characterization of untreated and alkali treated Areca catechuFiberthrough Eco- FriendlyComposite Plates
Publication Date : 22/03/2019
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The Natural Fibers play a vital role in the production of composite materials. Since Natural Fibers exhibit eco-friendly properties it has grabbed the attention of the world’s scientific community towards natural fiber re-inforced eco-composites. One such natural fiber is Arecacatechu (ACF),the Areca Fibers areinspected both in treated and untreated conditions, the fibers are initially pre-treated with KOH solution.Epoxy Resin with Hardener is used as the matrix in the composite material. Among the pre-treated chemicals,KOH concentration up to 6 % of` the solution is used for 1 hour which fits the requirement for making a composite material. The composite plates are prepared in the following ratios 40:60,50:50, 60:40. Upon which Tensile test, Impact Test, Hardness Test, Flextural test were conducted. As a result, the composition of 40:60 seems to be one of the best results.
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