Excessive use of petroleum based products and public concern over environment pollution motivates researchers and industries to look for more environment friendly products for our daily life. This research is based on the idea to make bio-based composite material by using potential natural fiber and to investigate the mechanical properties of the material. In this regard, composite sandwich structured panel will be fabricated by using hemp fiber as reinforcement, balsa wood as core material and bio-based epoxy resin as matrix material. Two different types of sample will be produced. One by using hand lay-up process and another one by using pre-cured natural fiber reinforced composite laminate as facing material. Tensile strength of the pre-cured laminate, sandwich facing properties, sandwich flexural stiffness and shear properties will be evaluated by following experimental test procedure of the ASTM test standards for composite sandwich constructions. Their mechanical properties will be compared. If the mechanical properties are significant then the composite sandwich structured panel may have application for furniture, interior, partitions and other construction works. This will eventually help to introduce eco-friendly materials for structural construction work.
|Commitee:||Mendez, Sergio, Torabzadeh, Jalal|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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