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A comparative study on mechanical properties of carbon and Kenaf composites via vacuum infusion technique

Yusuff, Mohamad Ikhwan and Sarifuddin, Norshahida and Mohd Ali, Afifah and Mohd Daud, Farah Diana and Mohamad Badari, Siti Norbahiyah (2020) A comparative study on mechanical properties of carbon and Kenaf composites via vacuum infusion technique. Journal of Engineering Science, 16 (1). pp. 97-107. ISSN 2180-4214

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The growth of polymer-based composites from either synthetic or natural fibres, especially carbon and kenaf fibres as reinforcement, has gained major interest in many pieces of research. However, only a little attention has been made that compared the mechanical performances of these developed composites based on previous studies. In fact, this comparative study is essential to identify the mechanical gaps between synthetic and natural fibres. Thus, the current work is aiming to provide a comparative study on mechanical properties of manufactured composite materials from both synthetic and natural fibres in which carbon and kenaf fibres were used as reinforcing agents, whereas epoxy resin acts as a matrix phase that fabricated via vacuum infusion method. The thickness and fibre loadings of fabricated composite materials were fixed at 3 mm and 40 vol. %, respectively. The investigations focused on the mechanical performances of carbon and kenaf composites under tensile and flexural tests. The result shows that tensile and flexural strengths for carbon composite were attained at 399.05 MPa and 362.29 MPa, respectively. Meanwhile, for kenaf composite, the tensile strength was gained at 77.28 MPa, whereas, the flexural strength was obtained at 61.24 MPa.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7385/85552
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon composite, kenaf composite, mechanical properties, vacuum infusion
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA401 Materials of engineering and construction
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ940 Vacuum technology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Norshahida Sarifuddin
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 22:29
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2020 22:29
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/85552

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