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Tensile Strength and Water Absorption Behavior of Recycled Jute-Epoxy Composites

Sihan Wang, Reza Masoodi*, Janet Brady, Brian R. George

School of Design and Engineering, Philadelphia University, 4201 Henry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

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Journal of Renewable Materials 2013, 1(4), 279-288.


Recycled natural fi bers and biopolymers with sustainable, eco-friendly, and biodegradable properties are receiving increased attention. The moisture absorption and swelling of natural fi ber composites adversely infl uence their mechanical properties and applications. In this research, bio-based epoxy polymers that are reinforced with recycled woven jute fabrics were subjected to water immersion tests in order to study the effect of water absorption on their mechanical and geometrical properties. For comparison, petroleum-based epoxy polymers that are reinforced with new woven jute fabrics were also subjected to the same tests. The effect of fi ber percentage on water absorption, thickness swelling, and volume swelling was measured as a function of immersion time. It was observed that water absorption and swelling behavior were higher in bio-based epoxy than in petroleum-based epoxy composites. The stress decreased and the strain increased after water immersion in both composites. However, the rates of change in stress and strain were much more signifi cant for composites made with bioepoxy.


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Wang, S., Masoodi, R., Brady, J., George, B. R. (2013). Tensile Strength and Water Absorption Behavior of Recycled Jute-Epoxy Composites. Journal of Renewable Materials, 1(4), 279–288.

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