Study on impact strength of sisal fibers reinforced epoxy composites using experimental methods
Department of Material Science and Manufacturing Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, CZ 165 21 Prague; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Among the advantages of composite materials is their ability to exploit the properties of partial phases that creates the composite. Common materials used as matrix materials include polymeric composites. The properties of these matrices can be optimized by using synthetic or also natural fibers. Natural fibers are inexpensive, ranks among renewable resources and when respecting their biological nature, they can replace synthetic fibers in many applications. This paper describes the impact strength of epoxy resins filled with unordered short sisal fibers with a length of 2–6 mm. From the experimental results it is evident that the presence of fibers of sisal examined as epoxy resins, increases the impact strength, up to 143%. SEM (scanning electron microscopy) was used to assess the failure of mechanism of these composites.