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Journal of Applied Sciences
Year: 2012  |  Volume: 12  |  Issue: 16  |  Page No.: 1661 - 1665

Synthesis and Characterization of Kapok Fibers and its Composites

Ganesh Kumar Mani, John Bosco Balaguru Rayappan and Dillip Kumar Bisoyi    

Abstract: Most of the developing countries are very rich in agricultural and natural fiber. Natural fibers are lignocellulosic in nature. These composites are gaining importance due to their non-carcinogenic and biodegradable in nature. The natural fiber reinforced composite are dominated over the conventional composites because of the main advantage of low cost. Polymeric materials reinforced with natural fibers provide advantages of high stiffness and strength to weight ratio as compared to conventional construction materials. Natural fiber reinforced composites have gained popularity nowadays because of their processing advantage and good technical properties. The present work includes the processing, characterization of kapok fiber reinforced epoxy composites. Keeping in this view the present study has been undertaken to develop a polymer matrix composite (epoxy matrix) and kapok fiber (Reinforcement) and to study its structural and electrical properties. This study is concerned to investigate the percentage of crystallinity, surface structure, dielectric constant, dielectric loss and resistivity.

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