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Comparative Mechanical Analysis of Okra Fiber and Banana Fiber Composite Used in Manufacturing Automotive Car Bumpers
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Volume 2, 2015
Issue 6 (November)
Pages: 193-199   |   Vol. 2, No. 6, November 2015   |   Follow on         
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Authors
[1]
Obumneme Onyedum, Research and Development, National Engineering Design Development Institute, Nnewi, Nigeria.
[2]
Sunday Christopher Aduloju, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA.
[3]
Sumaila Onimisi Sheidu, Manufacturing Services, National Engineering Design Development Institute, Nnewi, Nigeria.
[4]
Chidiebere Sobechukwu Metu, Research and Development, National Engineering Design Development Institute, Nnewi, Nigeria.
[5]
Oluwasegun Biodun Owolabi, Research and Development, National Engineering Design Development Institute, Nnewi, Nigeria.
Abstract
This work reports the effects of varying fiber length and percentage composition of tensile strength of okra and banana fiber reinforced composite. The fibers were mixed with 10%, 30%, and 50% okra and banana fiber content before chopping them to lengths of 10mm, 30mm and 50mm. The fibers were treated with 2% of NaOH, for an hour under constant stirring and allowed for 24hrs at room temperature and then dried in open air for 6-7days. The purpose of chemical treatment is to remove the moisture content on the fibers and to increase the tensile strength of the fibers. The fibers were subjected to tensile strength test and the result shows that the optimum combination of banana fiber length and its content is on 50mm length and 30% banana fiber content, while the okra fiber shows optimum value to be on 30% okra fiber content at 10mm length. Investigations, research and development study are still on going for the determination of the optimum combination to yield the desired properties.
Keywords
Fiber Length, Tensile Strength, Okra Fiber, Banana Fiber, Reinforced Fiber
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