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Effect of Fabric Count and Weave Design on the Properties of Hybrid Fabric Kenaf-Carbon Reinforced Laminated Epoxy Composites

Version 1 : Received: 4 November 2018 / Approved: 5 November 2018 / Online: 5 November 2018 (11:59:56 CET)

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Aisyah, H.; Paridah, M.; Khalina, A.; Sapuan, S.; Wahab, M.; Berkalp, O.; Lee, C.; Lee, S. Effects of Fabric Counts and Weave Designs on the Properties of Laminated Woven Kenaf/Carbon Fibre Reinforced Epoxy Hybrid Composites. Polymers 2018, 10, 1320. Aisyah, H.; Paridah, M.; Khalina, A.; Sapuan, S.; Wahab, M.; Berkalp, O.; Lee, C.; Lee, S. Effects of Fabric Counts and Weave Designs on the Properties of Laminated Woven Kenaf/Carbon Fibre Reinforced Epoxy Hybrid Composites. Polymers 2018, 10, 1320.

Journal reference: Polymers 2018, 10, 1320
DOI: 10.3390/polym10121320

Abstract

Hybrid woven kenaf-carbon composite were fabricated in this study using epoxy resin as matrix. Effects of different fabric material namely weave designs (plain and satin) and fabric counts (5×5 and 6×6) on the properties of laminated woven kenaf polymer composite were evaluated. This study evaluates the mechanical and morphological properties of hybrid fabric kenaf-carbon from kenaf yarn of 500tex. Kenaf and carbon fabrics were used in this work, where vacuum infusion technique was selected to prepare the composite and epoxy resin was used as a matrix. The fibre weight content is 30% and four specimens were prepared for each samples and tested for their tensile, flexural, and impact strengths. The morphological properties of composites were analysed through the scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results revealed that plain woven fabric is favourable in terms of tensile and impact strengths compared to satin woven fabric. Meanwhile, 5×5 of fabric count gives better flexural modulus than composite fabricated with 6×6 fabric count. The morphologies of the fractured surface investigated by SEM demonstrated better adhesion properties and less fibre pull-out on plain woven fabric.

Subject Areas

fabric; kenaf; plain; satin; woven composite; epoxy

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