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Tensile Behavior of Epoxy Matrix Composites Reinforced with Pure Ramie Fabric

  • Caroline G. de OliveiraEmail author
  • Janine F. de Deus
  • Ygor M. de Moraes
  • Marcos V. F. Fonseca
  • Djalma Souza
  • Frederico M. Margem
  • Luiz G. X. Borges
  • Sergio Monteiro
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)

Abstract

Recently, the natural fibers have been studied as alternative reinforcement material to the use of synthetic fibers. Aiming to improve the properties of natural fibers composites, it is investigated the use of natural fibers fabrics, since they provide multidirectional reinforcement and enables the introduction of a larger fiber volume fraction. In this work, it was investigated the tensile behavior of the epoxy matrix composites reinforced with different volume fractions of fabric made of Ramie, a highly resistant lignocellulosic fiber. The specimens were made by pressing the fabric with liquid resin to guarantee total impregnation, and then cutting the fabric in the mold format. Finally, the fabric layers were placed into the mold with the liquid resin and catalyst. They were cured for 24 h and tested. The results revealed an increase in the tensile strength and almost no effect in the elastic modulus with the increase of fabric volume fraction.

Keywords

Natural fibers Ramie fabric composite Epoxy composites 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors thank the support to this investigation by the Brazilian agencies: CNPq, CAPES, FAPERJ.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline G. de Oliveira
    • 1
    Email author
  • Janine F. de Deus
    • 1
  • Ygor M. de Moraes
    • 1
  • Marcos V. F. Fonseca
    • 1
  • Djalma Souza
    • 1
  • Frederico M. Margem
    • 2
  • Luiz G. X. Borges
    • 2
  • Sergio Monteiro
    • 3
  1. 1.State University of Northern Rio de JaneiroCampos dos GoytacazesBrazil
  2. 2.Faculdade RedentorItaperunaBrazil
  3. 3.Military Institute of EngineeringRio de Janeiro-RJBrazil

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