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Water Absorption of Environment Friendly Sugar Palm Fibre Reinforced Vinyl Ester Composites at Different Fibre Arrangements

  • Open or Close Sapuan SM 2*, Ammar IM1, Leman Z2 and Ishak MR3

    1laboratory of Bio composite Technology, Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP), University Putra, Malaysia

    2Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University Putra, Malaysia

    3Department of Aerospace Engineering, University Putra, Malaysia

    *Corresponding author: Sapuan SM, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Submission: May 03, 2018;Published: June 06, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/TTEFT.2018.03.000553

ISSN: 2578-0271
Volume3 Issue1


A study on water absorption of sugar palm fibre reinforced vinyl ester (VE) composites at different fibre arrangements is presented in this paper. Hand lay-up method was used in preparing the composites and water absorption was determined using a balance and water absorption equation. Results revealed that unidirectional fibre composites demonstrate the lowest value of water absorption compared to bidirectional fibre composites (0°/90° and ±45° fibre arrangements) but all composites showed high water absorption compared to neat VE, which may be attributed to incompatibility between fibre and matrix in composites that led to micro bubble and void.

Keywords: Fibre arrangements; Vinyl ester; Sugar palm; Water absorption; Natural fibre composites

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