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Evaluation of Mechanical Properties of Composite Material Produced from Continuous Bamboo Fibre with Carbonized Bone Particles in an Epoxy Matrix

Authors: Ikpoza E, Akpobi JA

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This study investigated the potential use of bamboo fibre and carbonized bone with epoxy as a binder for the production of a new composite material to be used in small scale horizontal axis wind turbine blade production. Modulus of rupture and modulus of elasticity tests were carried out to assess the mechanical strength of the composite. Composites produced using a continuous bamboo fibre – carbonized bone – epoxy composition of 40%, 10% and 50% respectively gave the best results. The optimum values of modulus of rupture, modulus of elasticity, and tensile stress for the composite were obtained as 110.50 MPa, 13130.70 MPa, and 8448.41 MPa respectively. The results of analyses of variance carried out revealed all the model terms were significant indicating that changes in the levels of bamboo, epoxy and bone powder will have a significant influence on the modulus of rupture, modulus of elasticity and tensile stress of the composite material.

Affiliations: Department of Production Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Benin, PMB 1154, Benin City, Nigeria.
Keywords: Composite, Bamboo, Carbonized Bone, Epoxy, Wind Turbine Blade
Published date: 2021/06/30

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ISSN: 2635-3342 (Print)

ISSN: 2635-3350 (Online)

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Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Benin, PMB 1154, Ugbowo, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.