The Comparison of Micro Mechanics Analyses to Some Empirical Properties of Ukam (Cochlospermum Planconii) Fibre Reinforced Polyester Composite

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Ogbodo N. Joy, Ihom. P. Aondona, Dennis O. Onah (2017). The Comparison of Micro Mechanics Analyses to Some Empirical Properties of Ukam (Cochlospermum Planconii) Fibre Reinforced Polyester Composite. Mechanics, Materials Science & Engineering, Vol 10. doi:10.2412/mmse.22.16.844

Authors: Ogbodo N. Joy, Ihom .P. Aondona, Dennis O. Onah

ABSTRACT. The comparison of micro mechanics analyses to some empirical properties of cochlospermum planchonii (ukam) fibre reinforced polyester composite has been undertaken. The study developed the composites, which were characterized, and empirical values were generated. The polyester and the ukam fibre, which were used in the manufacture of the composites via weight fractions were also characterized. The properties of the polyester and ukam fibre were then used in the micro mechanics analyses of the developed composites. The study revealed that reinforcement-matrix proportion played a major role in composite property determination. This was observed from both the empirical properties measured and the micro mechanics analyses. It was also observed that micro mechanics analyses did not agree with empirical properties in all cases; this the study revealed that it was because of the complex nature of the interactions between parameters responsible for properties in composites. The study has indicated that where micro mechanics analyses agree with empirical property of the composite the law of mixtures can be used to predict the property of the composite.

Keywords: law of mixtures, proportions, polyester, Ukam fibre, micromechanics analyses, composites, properties, reinforcement

DOI 10.2412/mmse.22.16.844

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