Fatigue Behavior of Kenaf Fibre Reinforced Epoxy Composites

Authors

  • Abdul Hakim Abdullah Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Siti Khadijah Alias Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Norhisyam Jenal Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Khalina Abdan Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Aidy Ali Universiti Putra Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4186/ej.2012.16.5.105

Keywords:

Polymer matrix composites, kenaf fiber, general fatigue.

Abstract

Towards green material, fatigue life of epoxy and its unidirectional kenaf fibre reinforced epoxy composites were investigated. These specimens were hand lay-out made. The specimens were cycled to tension-tension fatigue loading at stress ratio of 0.5 and 5 Hz of frequency to determine the fatigue life and its life characteristic at given 5 stress levels. Fibre content ratios were found to affect fatigue life strongly on the low cycle fatigue regime as illustrated with stress level versus cycles to failure. It is found that kenaf fibre reinforced epoxy composites with higher fibre content posses higher load carrying capacity and degradation rates. The existing models developed by Mandell, Manson-Coffin and Hai-Tang were adopted to predict the fatigue life. Some of the models show minor similarities with the experimental data, but not universally applicable to predict the fatigue life when it comes with various amount of fibre volume.

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Author Biographies

Abdul Hakim Abdullah

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Siti Khadijah Alias

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Norhisyam Jenal

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Khalina Abdan

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Aidy Ali

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Published

Vol 16 No 5, Jun 26, 2012

How to Cite

[1]
A. H. Abdullah, S. K. Alias, N. Jenal, K. Abdan, and A. Ali, “Fatigue Behavior of Kenaf Fibre Reinforced Epoxy Composites”, Eng. J., vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 105-114, Jun. 2012.

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