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Investigation of Mechanical Behaviour on Bagasse/Basalt Reinforced Poly Lactic Acid Hybrid Composites: Tensile, Flexural, Impact and Water Absorption

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The word 'green' affixed with materials that refer to those materials which are biodegradable and renewable addresses the sustainability, compatibility and environmental impact. Apart from most of the advantages of polymeric materials, biodegrability of natural fibers is considered as the most important and interesting aspect in recent research activities. This paper focus on the mechanical behaviour of Poly Latic acid reinforced Basalt and Bagasse fibers. The composite of different weight proportion of PLA, BS, and BG were compounded using twin screw extruder. The specimens were prepared by injection moulding and subjected to mechanical testing like tensile, flexural, and impact loads. It was found that 84 wt% of PLA, 12 wt% of Basalt fiber and 4 wt% of Bagasse fiber composite exhibits better mechanical properties compared to other composites. The SEM images show better interfacial bonding between matrix and fibers. The water absorption test indicates increase in fiber content increases the water absorption rate, reveals good degradation property of the composite.
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Keywords: INJECTION MOULDING; MECHANICAL PROPERTIES; PLA/BASALT/BAGASSE HYBRID COMPOSITES; SEM; TWIN SCREW EXTRUDER; WATER ABSORPTION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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  • Journal of Advanced Microscopy Research (JAMR) provides a forum for rapid dissemination of important developments in high-resolution microscopy techniques to image, characterize and analyze man-made and natural samples; to study physicochemical phenomena such as abrasion, adhesion, corrosion and friction; to perform micro and nanofabrication, lithography, patterning, micro and nanomanipulation; theory and modeling, as well as their applications in all areas of science, engineering, and medicine.
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