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Effect of Mercerization on Mechanical Properties of Jute/Flax/Hemp Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites

P. Siva Sankar and S.B. Singh

Abstract

The primary goal of this study is to examine the impact of mercerization over elastic and strength properties of jute/flax/hemp fiber-reinforced polymer composites. Bast fibers such as flax, jute and hemp fibers were selected as a reinforcement in the composite, and epoxy was considered for the matrix. Using the Hand Lay-up method, the composites are manufactured with a 40% fiber volume fraction and a 60% matrix volume fraction. To enhance the fibermatrix interface, all fibers are chemically treated by the process of mercerization. The natural fibers are treated with an alkaline solution (2% NaOH; sodium hydroxide). Tensile and compressive tests on composite coupons were carried out using the ASTM standards to investigate the material properties along various fiber directions of 0°, 90°, and 45°. Based on the results of mechanical properties, it was observed that the chemical treatment had mixed results over the composite properties. The mercerization had a positive impact on the composite’s properties along the fiber direction, whereas the mercerization had a negative impact along the transverse direction of the fiber.

Published on: May 10, 2023
doi: 10.17756/nwj.2023-s1-103
Citation: Sankar PS, Singh SB. 2023. Effect of Mercerization on Mechanical Properties of Jute/Flax/Hemp Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites. NanoWorld J 9(S1): S534-S538.

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