Effect of Chemical Modification on Physical Properties of Natural Fiber-Reinforced Hybrid Polymer Composites

  • Debasmita Pani
  • Punyapriya Mishra
Conference paper


In the era of vast research and fast developments in the area of innovative materials, there is also an equivalent danger to the Mother Nature. Environmental concern led many researchers to study composites reinforced with natural fibers. In the present study, different natural fibers, namely sponge gourd fiber, sugarcane bagasse, and coconut coir, are taken as fiber reinforcements in polymer (epoxy) matrix. Prior to incorporation of the matrix, the fibers are mercerized to combat problems such as hydrophilicity, poor environmental and dimensional stability. The effect of mercerization treatment is studied using Fourier Transmission Infrared Spectroscopy analysis and Scanning Electron Microscopy analysis of raw and chemically modified fibers. The composites are fabricated with single as well as different combinations of the three chosen natural fibers (luffa, bagasse, and coir) using hand lay-up technique. The composites are manufactured with different stacking sequences, and their physical properties are studied.


Sponge gourd Bagasse Coir Mercerization FTIR SEM Epoxy Hybrid composite 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringVeer Surendra Sai University of TechnologyBurlaIndia

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