Mechanical And Chemical Properties Of Bamboo/Glass Fibers Reinforced Polyester Hybrid Composites

G.Meenambika Bai, H.Raghavendra Rao


The chemical resistance of Bamboo/Glass reinforced polyester hybrid composites to acetic acid, Nitric acid, Hydrochloric acid, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium carbonate, Benzene, Toluene, carbon tetrachloride and water was studied. The flexural properties of these composites were also studied. The effect of alkali treatment of bamboo fibers on these properties was studied. It was observed that the flexural properties of the hybrid composites increase with glass fiber content. These properties found to be higher when alkali treated bamboo fibers were used in hybrid composites. The hybrid fiber composites showed better resistance to the chemicals mentioned above. The elimination of amorphous hemi-cellulose with alkali treatment leading to higher crystallinity of the bamboo fibers with alkali treatment may be responsible for these observations.

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