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Title: Curing of natural fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites using microwave energy
Authors: Ali S.
Bajpai P.K.
Singh I.
Sharma A.K.
Published in: Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
Abstract: Natural fibre-reinforced polymer composites are seen as a possible substitute to synthetic fibre-based composites to face the environmental issues related to non-biodegradable nature of synthetic fibres. Due to their high specific strength and modulus, natural fibre-reinforced polymer composites are receiving widespread attention. In the present research initiative, natural fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites have been developed with microwave curing technique. Two types of natural fibres namely sisal and grewia optiva, and two types of thermoplastic polymers (polypropylene and ethylene vinyl acetate) were used for fabrication of composites. Microwave wattage and exposure time were optimized for successful curing of thermoplastic composites. Results of tensile, flexural and impact strength of developed composites showed improvement in the properties as compared to neat polymers. The results suggest that microwave energy provides a feasible, environmental friendly option for curing of natural fibre-based thermoplastic composites. © The Author(s) 2014.
Citation: Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites (2014), 33(11): 993-999
URI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0731684414523326
http://repository.iitr.ac.in/handle/123456789/11158
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Keywords: mechanical properties
microwave curing
Natural fibre
thermoplastic
ISSN: 7316844
Author Scopus IDs: 57209995173
7101808086
56375560400
55434064300
Author Affiliations: Ali, S., Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sharda University, Noida, India
Bajpai, P.K., Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, India
Singh, I., Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, India
Sharma, A.K., Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, India
Corresponding Author: Bajpai, P.K.; Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, India; email: Indiapramendra.pk@gmail.com
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