Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 19, Nov. Suppl, Issue 2017; Page No.(105-110)

DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL FIBRE COMPOSITE FOR ACOUSTICAL AND THERMAL INSULATION APPLICATIONS

M. SARAVANAN, ANIT ROLINDA AND HANNAH

Abstract

There is an increasing demand for the Natural Fibre Reinforced composites in marine, agriculture industry, construction, automobiles and home decoration material. The study has been carried out with Agave americana and Wool, since both of them are natural fibres. Agave americana is a cheap and highly available fibre which has hollow structure, high bundle strength and it can withstand heat to a high temperature. Hollow structure of the agave makes it suitable for acoustic application. Wool fibre naturally has good thermal insulation property. Acoustic, Thermal Insulation, Tensile Strength and Flexural Strength testing were carried out for the samples produced. Sample with combination [40:40:20 Agave (40%), Wool (40%), Polypropylene (20%)] found to have the better Acoustical, Thermal and Mechanical properties. These developed composite materials might be suitable for applications such as falls roofing, Room Separators, Automobile applications, Office tables, Cardboards, Exam pads, Switch boxes etc.

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