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Development and Characterization of the Midrib of Coconut Palm Leaf Reinforced Polyester Composite

Neeraj Dubey1, Geeta Agnihotri1

1 Mechanical Engineering Department, M.A.N.I.T., Bhopal, M.P., India.

Computers, Materials & Continua 2015, 45(1), 39-56.


In this paper, midrib of coconut palm leaves (MCL) was investigated for the purpose of development of natural fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites. A new natural fiber composite as MCL/polyester is developed by the hand lay-up method, and the material and mechanical properties of the fiber, matrix and composite materials were evaluated. The effect of fiber content on the tensile, flexural, impact, compressive strength and heat distortion temperature (HDT) was investigated. It was found that the MCL fiber had the maximum tensile strength, tensile modulus flexural strength, flexural modulus and Izod impact strength of 177.5MPa, 14.85GPa, 316.04MPa and 23.54GPa, 8.23KJ/m2 respectively. Reinforcement of MCL enhanced the mechanical properties of pure polyester, including that of tensile strength (by 26%), tensile modulus (by 356%), flexural strength (by 41.81%), flexural modulus (by 169%) and Izod impact strength (by 23 times), but the compressive strength was adversely affected. HDT decreased due to fiber loading, but increased with weight fraction of fiber content. Moreover, the experimental results were compared with theoretical model (Rule of mixture) and other natural fiber /polyester composites.


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N. Dubey and G. Agnihotri, "Development and characterization of the midrib of coconut palm leaf reinforced polyester composite," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 45, no.1, pp. 39–56, 2015.

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