Mechanical Behaviour of Aluminium Dispersed Unsaturated Polyester/Jute Composites for Structural Applications
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The fibrous filler Jute along with Al particle reinforced unsaturated polyester composites having different filler (both Jute and Al were in equal wt%) were fabricated by compression molding technique. The variation of loading was taken as 2, 5, 10 and 15 wt% in the fabricated composites. In present investigation, it was observed that with fillers (Jute and Al) incorporation the microhardness increases and become optimum at 10 wt% of fillers content followed by slight deterioration at 15 wt%. Structural investigation through scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction confirm the dispersion of the fillers within the composites. An improvement of crystallinity % of the matrix with filler addition was observed as predicted from X-ray diffraction technique. The results of tensile testing shows that the strength and modulus increase monotonically up to 10 wt% of filler addition followed by slight decreases at 15 wt% of the same. The scratch result shows the optimization of strength and toughness of the composites with filler content of 10 wt%.
KeywordsNatural fibre composite Aluminium Crystallinity Tensile properties Nanoscratch measurements
The authors are thankful to The Institution of Engineers (India) for providing IEI Research Fellowship grant for carrying out this work in a successful manner.
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