Title : Evaluate the mechanical, hardness and morphological characterization of acacia caesia bark fibers (ACBFs) reinforced composites
Due to their high strength and modulus, fiber-reinforced composite materials have been utilised for a long time in a variety of applications, including domestic and industrial uses. Synthetic and natural matrix materials can be used to create these fibre composites for use in reinforced plastics. Utilizing this abundant natural fibre found in the Western Ghats of southern India, particularly in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the use of Acacia Caesia Bark Fibers (ACBFs) in different weight percents (10%, 15%, and 20%) was investigated. In addition to being durable and light, natural Fibers are also inexpensive. This study describes the fabrication and characterization of natural fiber-based polymer composites using Acacia Caesia bark fibre as reinforcement in addition to epoxy resin as the matrix material. Mechanical performance of composites is determined by analysing their mechanical properties. A series of experiments were conducted to determine the significance of various fibre weight fractions on the mechanical behaviour and hardness of these epoxy matrices reinforced with ACB fibre. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to investigate the fractured surface morphology to conclude this work.
Keywords: Acacia Caesia, Bark fiber, Epoxy, Composite, Mechanical characteristics, Hardness, Scanning electron microscopy