• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2009, Volume: 2, Issue: 7, Pages: 35-38

Original Article

Experimental determination of tensile properties of okra, sisal and banana fiber reinforced polyester composites


 Increasing the needs for different engineering applications invite the development of new materials. In the present research new natural fiber okra was introduced for the preparation of okra fiber reinforced polyester (FRP) composites. Already established fibers sisal and banana were also extracted for the preparation of sisal and banana FRP composites and to determine tensile properties. The tensile properties of okra FRP composites were compared with sisal and banana FRP composites. Hand lay-up technique was used for the preparation of composites. Chemically treated okra fiber reinforced polyester composites at maximum volume fraction showed tensile strength, modulus of 154.17%, 114.13% and specific tensile strength and modulus of 12.26%, 129.82% higher than that of the pure polyester specimen, respectively.

Keywords: Okra fiber, hand-lay up, density, tensile strength, tensile modulus, specific tensile strength, specific tensile modulus. 


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