Author(s): Narra Ravi Kumar, Pinjala Tejomurthi, B. Raghava Rao
Published in: International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology
License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Volume/Issue: Vol.1 - Issue 7 (September - 2012)
The conventional application of fiber in relation to the technology of synthetic fiber reinforced composites reveal the clue to widen the scope and to adopt the natural fiber composites for industrial applications. In the present work, vakka fiber is incorporated in polypropylene resin matrix hybridized with glass fiber for preparing composite specimens at various fiber weight percentages The developed vakka fiber, glass reinforced hybrid polypropylene composites (VGPP) were then tested for their mechanical properties. To enhance the adhesion between the vakka fiber and the polypropylene matrix, maleic anhydride- grafted polypropylene (MAPP) was used as a compatibilizer for the composites (VGMAPP). It was found that the increase in fiber content reduces the mechanical properties of vakka glass-PP composite. However, VGMAPP composites exhibited better mechanical properties than VGPP composites.
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