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Effect of water absorption on the mechanical properties of hybrid interwoven cellulosic-cellulosic fibre reinforced epoxy composites

Lookup NU author(s): shukry Abdul Majid, Professor Geoff Gibson


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© 2017 Elsevier LtdThe absorption behaviour of water and its effect on the tensile and flexural properties of interwoven cellulosic fibres were investigated. Hybrid composites consisting of interwoven kenaf/jute and kenaf/hemp yarns were prepared by an infusion process that used epoxy as the polymer matrix. The water absorption characteristics of the fibres were obtained by immersing the composite samples in tap water at room temperature, until reaching their water content saturation point. The dry and water-immersed woven and interwoven hybrid composite samples were subjected to tensile and flexural tests. To study the effect of water penetration in the fibre/matrix interface, fractured samples were examined using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The study shows that the mechanical and water-resistant properties of the kenaf, jute, and hemp fibres were improved through hybridization. However, as a result of water penetrating the fibre/matrix interface, longer water-immersion times reduced the tensile and flexural strength of the composites.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Maslinda AB, Abdul Majid MS, Ridzuan MJM, Afendi M, Gibson AG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Composite Structures

Year: 2017

Volume: 167

Pages: 227-237

Print publication date: 01/05/2017

Online publication date: 06/02/2017

Acceptance date: 03/02/2017

ISSN (print): 0263-8223

ISSN (electronic): 1879-1085

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2017.02.023


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