Effect of Moisture Absorption Behavior on Mechanical Properties of Basalt Fibre Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites

Journal of Composites. 2014;2014 DOI 10.1155/2014/587980


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Journal Title: Journal of Composites

ISSN: 2356-7252 (Print); 2314-5978 (Online)

Publisher: Hindawi Limited

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering: Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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Amuthakkannan Pandian (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil 626 126, India)
Manikandan Vairavan (S.Veerasamy Chettiar College of Engineering and Technology, Puliangudi 627 855, India)
Winowlin Jappes Jebbas Thangaiah (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cape Institute of Technology, Nagercoil 627 114, India)
Marimuthu Uthayakumar (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil 626 126, India)


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Abstract | Full Text

The study of mechanical properties of fibre reinforced polymeric materials under different environmental conditions is much important. This is because materials with superior ageing resistance can be satisfactorily durable. Moisture effects in fibre reinforced plastic composites have been widely studied. Basalt fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester resin composites were subjected to water immersion tests using both sea and normal water in order to study the effects of water absorption behavior on mechanical properties. Composites specimens containing woven basalt, short basalt, and alkaline and acid treated basalt fibres were prepared. Water absorption tests were conducted by immersing specimens in water at room temperature for different time periods till they reached their saturation state. The tensile, flexural, and impact properties of water immersed specimens were conducted and compared with dry specimens as per the ASTM standard. It is concluded that the water uptake of basalt fibre is considerable loss in the mechanical properties of the composites.