A Study on Water Absorption Behavior of Jute and Ramie Hybrid Composites with and without SiC Filler
Natural fiber reinforcements have attracted interest in sustainable manufacturing as a replacement for synthetic fibers in polymer composites. In this study, two natural fibers – jute and ramie were reinforced in three different proportions with epoxy resin and hardener to fabricate polymer matrix composites. Silicon Carbide (SiC) was used as a filler material in the three different compositions with jute and ramie fibers. All the composite specimens were fabricated using the hand-lay-up technique. The water absorption property of the fabricated composites was examined. Test results indicate that jute and ramie fiber composite with epoxy resin possesses high water absorption properties; further addition of SiC as filler material into the composite fabrication shows a decrease in water absorption percentage. The work also presents linear regression models (LRA) for forecasting the natural composites' water absorption behavior.
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