Effect of soil burial on mechanical properties of bamboo fiber reinforced epoxy composites

Chin, Siew Choo and Tong, F. S. and Doh, Shu Ing and Lim, Kar Sing and Jolius, Gimbun (2020) Effect of soil burial on mechanical properties of bamboo fiber reinforced epoxy composites. In: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Energy Security and Chemical Engineering Congress , 17-19 July 2019 , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. pp. 1-7., 736 (052016). ISSN 1757-899X

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Nowadays, natural fiber reinforced composites in structural strengthening and rehabilitation was preferable due to its environmentally friendly, low cost and biodegradable characteristics compared to the synthetic strengthening material, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP). However, limited information is available on natural fiber composite durability when exposed to environmental elements. This paper presents the effect of environmental exposure to the durability of bamboo fiber reinforced epoxy composite. Bamboo fiber reinforced epoxy composite samples were prepared and buried in soil for 20, 40, 60 and 80 days. The composite samples were prepared using 40% fiber volume fractions. The mechanical properties (tensile and flexural) and surface morphology of the samples before and after degradation were investigated. The experimental results show that the mechanical properties deteriorate as the exposure time increases. The tensile and flexural properties of the composites decreased by about 6-19% compared to the fresh sample. The result from this work may be useful to determine the durability of natural fiber composite when exposed to environmental elements.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bamboo fiber reinforced epoxy composite; environmental exposure
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Faculty/Division: Centre of Excellence: Centre of Excellence for Advanced Research in Fluid Flow
College of Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Doh Shu Ing
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2020 02:49
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2020 02:49
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/29932
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