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Izod Impact Tests in Polyester Matrix Composites Reinforced with Fique Fabric

  • Artur C. Pereira
  • Sergio N. Monteiro
  • Foluke S. AssisEmail author
  • Henry A. Colorado
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)

Abstract

The fique fibers are studied worldwide as an alternative of synthetic fibers in composites. This study evaluated the impact resistance of this type of composite. Specimens were made with up to 30% in volume of fique fabric in an Izod normalized mold. The fique fabric was embedded with polyester resin and cured at room temperature for 24 h. The specimens were tested in Izod impact pendulum and the fracture surfaces were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The impact resistance of composites increased linearly with the relative amount of fique fabric reinforcing the composite. This performance was associated with the difficulty of rupture imposed by the fique fabric as well as the type of cracks resulting from the interaction jute fiber/polyester matrix that corroborate the energy absorption at the impact test.

Keywords

Fique fabric Composite Polyester matrix Izod impact tests 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors thank the support to this investigation by the Brazilian agencies: CNPq, CAPES, FAPERJ and TECNORTE/FENORTE. It is also acknowledged the permission to the use of the impact equipment of IQ/UFRJ and the SEM microscope by the PEMM from COPPE/UFRJ.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Artur C. Pereira
    • 1
  • Sergio N. Monteiro
    • 1
  • Foluke S. Assis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Henry A. Colorado
    • 2
  1. 1.Military Institute of Engineering, IMERio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Universidad de AntioquiaMedellínColombia

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