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Mechanical Properties of Woven Fabric Basalt/Jute Fibre Reinforced Polymer HYBRID Composites

K Arun Prasath and B Radha Krishnan
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Post Graduate, Velammal College of Engineering and Technology, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Abstract—Composites are emerging as realistic alternatives to the metal alloys in many applications like automobiles, marine, aerospace applications, sports goods, etc. Fiber composites offer many advantages such as low specific gravity, tensile strength and modulus, compressive strength and modulus, better fatigue strength, etc. Due to the low specific gravity the strength weight ratio and modulus weight ratio of these composite materials are markedly superior to those of metallic materials. In this work it is concerned general purpose poly ester-based polymer composites are developed by reinforcement of basalt fabric and jute fabric into general purpose poly ester matrix by compression moulding technique. This study describes the basalt fiber and jute fibre reinforced hybrid composites with poly ester resin with different stacking sequence. Fabricated composite plates subjected to mechanical properties like Flexural strength, Impact strength test of the various specimens are calculated by using computer assisted Universal testing machine and Charpy Impact testing machine. From the results it is found that pure basalt fibre combination maintains higher values in both flexural and tensile test. But for impact test basalt fibre is slightly lower than jute fibre reinforced composite.

Index Terms—Composite materials, Fabrication process, Testing process, Results, Discussion

Cite: K Arun Prasath and B Radha Krishnan, "Mechanical Properties of Woven Fabric Basalt/Jute Fibre Reinforced Polymer HYBRID Composites," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 279-290, October 2013.