The Critical Load Measurements of Pineapple Leaf Fibre Reinforced Polyester Composite Using Single Edge Notched Beam (SENB) Testing


Pineapple leaf fibre has potential as reinforcement in composite material due to their advantages such as renewable fibre and abundantly available. Some studies have been conducted relating to their mechanical properties using tensile, impact and bending testing. However the analysis of crack propagation in pineapple leaf fibre reinforced polyester composite is still limited. In this paper, the main attention is therefore the critical load leading to crack propagation in the composite material for two different fibre orientations. The crack propagation is investigated using single edge notched beam (SENB) testing. The composite material was manufactured by hand lay-up with two different nonwoven fibre orientations i.e. 0o/90oand +45o/-45o. Then, five different initial crack lengths are given in experimental specimen. The result reveals that increasing initial crack length will decrease the value of critical load for both fibre orientations. Furthermore, the fibre orientation influences the critical loading. In general the critical load leading to crack propagation for composite with +45o/-45o orientation has higher value than composite with 0o/90o orientation. It can be concluded that the composite material with +45o/-45o orientation has good resistance to the crack growth.

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