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Thermoplastic Composites reinforced with Multi-layer Woven Jute Fabric: A Comparative Analysis

Muhammad Sayem, Abu Sadat and Haider, Julfikar and Naveed, Bilal and Sayeed, MM Alamgir and Sashikumar, Sravanthi (2020) Thermoplastic Composites reinforced with Multi-layer Woven Jute Fabric: A Comparative Analysis. Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies. ISSN 2374-068X

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Abstract

Three commonly available thermoplastic matrices - High-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP) and nylon 6 – are reinforced with hessian jute fabric in multi-layer sequence to prepare composite laminates by compression moulding technique. The composite had a nominal fibre content of 18% in terms of weight and a nominal thickness of 6.5 mm. The mechanical and fracture behaviours of the resultant laminates are tested and compared. It was found that the Nylon-Jute composite exhibited the highest values of tensile strength, Young’s modulus, flexural strength, flexural modulus and hardness. On the other hand, HDPE-Jute composite showed relatively poor performance. Interestingly, the HDPE-Jute composite exhibited the highest impact strength and the Nylon-Jute composite was the poorest in this regard. The amount of water absorption by the composites from highest to the lowest was found in the following order: Nylon-Jute > HDPE-Jute > PP-Jute.

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