EFFECT OF WATER ABSORPTION ON THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES \OF FLAX FIBER REINFORCED EPOXY COMPOSITES
Umit Huner 1  
 
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Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Trakya University, Edirne 22030, Turkey
Publication date: 2015-05-14
 
Adv. Sci. Technol. Res. J. 2015; 9(26):1–6
 
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Flax fiber reinforced epoxy composites were subjected to water immersion tests in order to study the effects of water absorption on the mechanical properties. Epoxy composites specimens containing 0, 1, 5 and 10% fiber weight were prepared. Water absorption tests were conducted by immersing specimens in a de-ionized water bath at 25 ­°C and 90 °C for different time durations. The tensile and flexural properties of water immersed specimens subjected to both aging conditions were evaluated and compared alongside dry composite specimens. The percentage of moisture uptake increased as the fiber volume fraction increased due to the high cellulose content. The tensile and flexural properties of reinforced epoxy specimens were found to decrease with increase in percentage moisture uptake. Moisture induced degradation of composite samples was significant at elevated temperature.