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    • Effect of glass hybridization and staking sequence on mechanical behaviour of interply coir–glass hybrid laminate

      S Jayabal U Natarajan S Sathiyamurthy

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      The interest in fibre-reinforced polymer composites is growing rapidly due to its high performance in terms of mechanical properties, significant processing advantages, excellent chemical resistance, low cost, and low density. The development of composite materials based on the reinforcement of two or more fibre types in a matrix leads to the production of hybrid composites. In the present work, woven coir–glass hybrid polyester composites were developed and their mechanical properties were evaluated for different stacking sequences. Scanning electron micrographs of fractured surfaces were used for a qualitative evaluation of interfacial properties of woven coir–glass hybrid polyester composites. These results indicated that coir–glass hybrid composites offered the merits of both natural and synthetic fibres.

    • Drilling analysis of coir–fibre-reinforced polyester composites

      S Jayabal U Natarajan

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      An investigation has been carried out to make use of coir, a natural fibre abundantly available in India. Coir–polyester composites were prepared and their mechanical and machinability characteristics were studied. The short coir–fibre-reinforced composites exhibited the tensile, flexural and impact strength of 16.1709 MPa, 29.2611 MPa and 46.1740 J/m, respectively. The regression equations were developed and optimized for studying drilling characteristics of coir–polyester composites using the Taguchi approach. A drill bit diameter of 6 mm, spindle speed of 600 rpm and feed rate of 0.3 mm/rev gave the minimum value of thrust force, torque and tool wear in drilling analysis.

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