Mechanical Characterization of Composite Material as an Alternative for Partition Wall of Ethiopian Housing
Composite Materials
Volume 2, Issue 1, June 2018, Pages: 1-11
Received: Sep. 19, 2017; Accepted: Jan. 23, 2018; Published: Mar. 15, 2018
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Samueal Tadesse Ashagrie, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aksum University, Aksum, Ethiopia
Fissaha Alem Aregawi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aksum University, Aksum, Ethiopia
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The present study, has been used both banana and Enset (Enset eventricosum) fiber for manufacturing the composite material used for partition wall. Enset is an indigenous natural fiber abundantly available in Ethiopia. Samples made of Enset and banana fibers for the test were collected from Jimma region and prepared by taking different fiber orientation and thickness as principal parameters. Then three mechanical tests were performed (i.e. tensile test, flexural test and compressive test). The tensile tests were performed for four samples of different thickness (i.e. 2mm, 4mm, 6mm and 8mm) with various fiber orientations using different matrixes (i.e. gypsum. CM-43 and Vinyl ester). For the flexural and compressive tests four samples of different thicknesses (i.e. 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and 14mm) for each orientation were prepared and tested by using gypsum as a matrix material. It was observed that the results obtained were fairly acceptable and closely equivalent to the existing partition wall of a house. In this study Taguchi experimental method was used for the optimization and realization of the experimental results.
Natural Fiber Composite, Mechanical Characterization, Enset Eventricosum
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Samueal Tadesse Ashagrie, Fissaha Alem Aregawi, Mechanical Characterization of Composite Material as an Alternative for Partition Wall of Ethiopian Housing, Composite Materials. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2018, pp. 1-11. doi: 10.11648/
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