Fabrication and Analysis of Human Hair Based Hybrid Epoxy Composite for Mechanical Properties

Authors : Vatsal.V, Shaik Shamveel

Volume/Issue : Volume 2 - 2017, Issue 7 - July

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Tensile, flexural, impact strengths, hardness and inter laminar distribution of human hair based hybrid epoxy composite were evaluated to assess the possibility of using it as a new material in engineering applications such as automobile and aircraft applications for longer life. Addition of epoxy to the human hair fiber ensures strength. Samples are fabricated by the hand lay-up process (37.5: 62.5 fiber and matrix ratio by weight) and the mechanical properties like tensile, flexural and compressive evaluated using the Universal Testing Machine, Hardness test using Rockwell hardness testing machine, Impact using Izod impact test and Inter De-laminar test using 3 point loading and observation under HD camera. Tensile and flexural strengths for the human hair based hybrid epoxy composite laminates are calculated to be 36.9MPa and 78.6MPa respectively. It is an eco-friendly, long life and cost effective solution for various applications.

Keywords : Human hair, epoxy, tensile strength, flexural strength, hardness, impact strength, inter de-lamination.


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