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Thursday, 13 October 2016
Factorial Study on the Tensile Strength of a Coir Fiber-Reinforced Epoxy Composite
Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control
Open Access, Creative Commons license Author
Fairuz I. Romli a,,
Ahmad Nizam Alias b
Azmin Shakrine Mohd Rafie a
Dayang Laila Abang Abdul Majid a
aDepartment of Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
bMechanical and Manufacturing Section, University Kuala Lumpur-Malaysia France Institute, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Available online 22 January 2013.
Abstract This paper presents a factorial analysis on the tensile strength of a coir-based composite. Three interested parameters in this study are fiber volume fraction, curing time and compression load applied during fabrication of the composite. The experimental setting is based on the full-factorial design of experiments, which amounts to a total of 18 tensile test cases. Overall, the results from analysis of variance on the test data show that coir fiber volume fraction and interaction effect between curing time and coir fiber volume fraction are the prominent factors to the tensile strength of the composite. On the opposite end, the contribution from compression loading during fabrication of the material seems to be negligible. Keywords
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