Comparative evaluation of dynamic mechanical properties of epoxy composites reinforced with woven fabrics from sansevieria (Sansevieria infasciata) fibres and banana (Musa sapientum) fibres [Primerjalna ocena dinamičnih mehanskih lastnosti epoksi kompozit
Busitema University Uganda, Department of Textile and Ginning Engineering, P. O. Box 236, Tororo, Busitema, Uganda; Technical University of Liberec, Department of Material Engineering, Studentská2 1, Liberec, Czech Republic
Globally, sustainable materials that are environmentally friendly and the path towards sustainable development are needed. Natural plant fibre utilization in various industries has seen a surge, especially in the automotive sector. Natural fibres such as from Sansevieria and banana pseudostem are readily available and have considerable mechanical properties that make them good candidates for reinforcement epoxy resins. The dynamic mechanical properties (DMA) of Sansevieria (Sansevieria trifasciata) and banana pseudostem (Musa sapientum) woven fibre epoxy composites are discussed. The results show that the optimum temperature range of application of the Sansevieria and banana epoxy composites is up to 50 °C The glass transition temperature, Tg, obtained from the curves of mechanical damping factor (tan 6) was 100 °C and 120 °C for Sansevieria and banana fibre epoxy composites, respectively.
Automotive industry; Dynamics; Epoxy resins; Fruits; Glass transition; Mechanical properties; Reinforcement; Weaving; Banana fibres; DMA; Epoxy composite; Musa sapientum; Sansevieria trifasciata; Fibers