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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 592906, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/592906
Research Article

Effect of Different Parameters on Mechanical and Erosion Wear Behavior of Bamboo Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Composites

1School of Engineering and Technology, IGNOU, New Delhi 110068, India
2Department of Mechanical Engineering, N I T, Hamirpur 177005, India
3Department of Mechanical Engineering, N I T, Orissa, Rourkela 769008, India

Received 30 March 2011; Revised 15 May 2011; Accepted 14 June 2011

Academic Editor: Bibin Mathew Cherian

Copyright © 2011 Anu Gupta et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The application of natural fibers as reinforcement in polymer composites has been continuously growing during the last few decades. These composites find diverse applications in hostile environment where they are exposed to external attacks such as solid particle erosion. Also, in many respects, the mechanical properties of different polymer composites are their most important characteristics. Therefore, improvement of the erosion resistance and mechanical behavior of polymer composites are the prime requirements in their applications. Bamboo fiber which is rich in cellulose, relatively inexpensive, and abundantly available has the potential for reinforcement in polymers. To this end, an attempt has been made in this paper not only to study the utilization potential of bamboo fiber in polymer composites but also to study the effect of various parameters on mechanical and erosion wear performance of bamboo fiber reinforced epoxy composites.