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|Title:||Effect of alkali treatment and fiber length on impact behavior of coir fiber reinforced epoxy composites|
|Keywords:||Alkali treatment;Coir fiber;Fiber length;Impact strength;Scanning electron microscope|
|Abstract:||This study presents effect of fiber length and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) treatment on impact behavior of coir fiber composites. Coir fibers were treated with NaOH (conc. 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10%) for 10 days. For each group of coir, fiber length was 10, 20 and 30 mm. Coir fiber was used as a reinforcement and epoxy as a matrix to fabricate composites by hand lay-up technique. Alkali treated specimens showed an improvement in impact strength of 15% when compared with untreated fiber.|
|ISSN:||0975-1084 (Online); 0022-4456 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||JSIR Vol.71(09) [September 2012]|
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