Environmental Impact on Mechanical Properties of Jute Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Composites and Hybrids
Jute fiber reinforced epoxy composites are very popular among the other bio–degradable composites nowadays. Therefore, environmental impact such as water absorption, corrosion on mechanical and physical properties of jute fiber reinforced epoxy composites and hybrids was investigated in this study. A series of experiments were carried out to investigate the change in mechanical and physical properties under these conditions. A manual hand loom was designed and constructed to fabricate the unidirectional jute fiber woven mat. Also, different fiber orientation and additional materials were introduced to prepare various kinds of composites/hybrids. Then their results were analyzed. 3% NaCl solution was used to investigate the corrosive effect. It was discussed that the percentage of water absorption, the swelling thickness and the density depends on the bonding between the matrix and the fibers. Keywords - Natural Fiber Composite, Swelling Thickness, Water Absorption, Environmental Impacts.