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Jute Fiber Reinforced Methacrylated Soybean Oil Based Thermoset Composites Prepared by Vacuum Injection Molding Technique

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Bio-based composites based on soybean oil thermoset resin were manufactured with vacuum injection molding technique. Methacrylated soybean oil (MMSO) was processed with vacuum injection molding technique without blending with styrene. The composites produced had comparatively good mechanical properties like jute composite reinforced acrylated epoxidised soybean oil (AESO) resin blended with styrene. Although the tensile strength of the jute reinforced AESO composites are slightly higher than the jute reinforced MMSO composites which was attributed to blending of AESO with styrene. However, the difference in Youngs' modulus was negligible because they have approximately equal stiffness between 2.6 GPa and 2.8 GPa. The jute reinforced AESO composites showed relatively higher flexural strengths and moduli than the MMSO counterparts. This difference was also attributed to the blending of AESO with reactive diluent such as styrene. In order to determine the dimensional stability of the composite manufactured, water absorption test was carried out and the conclusion was that the moisture uptake of the jute reinforced composites was the same, this was expected.
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Keywords: JUTE FIBER REINFORCEMENT; MECHANICAL PROPERTIES; METHACRYLATED RESIN; RENEWABLE RESOURCES; VACUUM INJECTION MOLDING

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-04-01

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