THE EFFECT OF KAOLINITE ON TENSILE AND FLEXURAL BEHAVIOR OF SALACCA FIBER - REINFORCED EPOXY/KAOLINTE HYBRID COMPOSITES

  • Vixaichidxiong Juevaxaiki
  • Heru SB Rochardjo
  • Muhammad Waziz Wildan

Abstract

The use of filler in composite materials is emerged as a result of increasing demand for the advancement in
material properties to satisfy the market necessities. This study presents the effects of kaolinite inclusion on
tensile, flexural and characteristics of Salacca fiber/kaolinite reinforced composite laminates. The laminates
were fabricated by hand layup and moulding. Kaolinite particles having four different weight fractions as 1, 3, 6
and 9by volume percentages were used for fabrication of composite laminates. The specimens were prepared
according to ASTM D638 and D790 standards for tensile and flexural tests, respectively. Results obtained from
specimens having Kaolinite particles showed the serious improvement on the tensile strength, flexural modulus
and flexural strength values compared to specimens without kaolinite inclusion.

Published
2018-06-08