Bending in laminas of NFPR: type of reinforcement, fracture and properties

Mirtânia Antunes Leão, Sérgio Renan Lopes Tinô, Raphael Siqueira Fontes, Eve Maria Freire de Aquino
2011 Materials Research  
Natural fiber reinforced plastics (NFRP) have awakened considerable interest in the area of polymer composites, because of the need to develop new, environmentally friendly materials. One of the most complex ways of manufacturing this type of material is in the form of ultrathin laminar layers; however, this process hinders mechanical testing, mainly three and four-point bending. The present investigation faces this challenge and shows the influence of parameters, such as the grammage of
more » ... grammage of reinforcing fabric and lamination process, on strength, stiffness and fracture characteristics for three-point bending in this type of structural element. The industrially manufactured laminas were composed of orthophthalic polyester resin reinforced with licuri fibers. Macromechanical and micromechanical analyses were conducted in the study of fracture characteristics for all the parameters. The mechanical behavior in the three-point bending of the laminar composite showed that the use of licuri fiber to obtain natural fiber-based plastic is completely viable.
doi:10.1590/s1516-14392011005000011 fatcat:xtrgqmantjfujmr5xslub7utgm