Mechanical and tribological analysis of jute, cotton reinforced epoxy based hybrid composites


Increase in environmental pollution and global warming due to continuous use of petroleum based materials, exploitation of forest reserves, improper industrial wastes management and natural resources. To reduces such alarming issues and find viable solutions, innovative research work on recycling of used materials such as used (clothes) textile wastes and used jute fibers has been reported to develop advanced sustainable hybrid composites in this work. The current study deals with mechanical and wear peculiarities of (cotton and jute fiber) textile wastes reinforced epoxy composites. Hand lay-up method was used to develop composites in five different stacking sequences. The developed composites were characterized for its mechanical peculiarities namely hardness, flexural, tensile, toughness, as per ASTM standards. Hybrid composite which was found with best sacking sequence, pure cotton and pure jute fiber composites were further analyzed for their wear peculiarity behaviour using Taughi (L27) design of experiment approach. Morphologies after mechanical and wear testing studies using SEM. It was inferred that hybrid composites with JCCJ stacking sequence produced good mechanical peculiarities. The currently developed composites have been found better than pure wood, epoxy, plastics and persuade for multifunctional applications.