fiber-matrix bonding, fiber orientation and fiber properties are veryimportant as they determine the final properties of the natural fiberreinforced composite components.
Composite is used to facilitate the useof its constituent materials. Main constituent of our composite is LDPE(Low density polyethylene) with the addition of chemically modifiedsisal fiber composite, which is strong and improved in quality thanLDPE. The composite may be used as roofing materials, as well as forpartition and other commercial and domestic uses.
Incorporation with a natural fiber (sisal fiber), the polymeric matrixLDPE made our sample product. Heat and press molding process wasused which is a very low cost process than the other process forfabrication of composite. Here the temperature and pressure are the twomain parameters for the fabrication and the others are cooling time,additional pressure and retention time. Here the main drawback isconsumption of long time. The density of sisal fiber is greater thanmatrix. Through changing the parameters of the fabrication, optimumcondition for operation was decided, for the desired composite product.The intention of this thesis work is to achieve a natural fiber reinforcedcomposite with high mechanical properties using chemically modifiedshort
fiber as reinforcement and a Low density PolyEthylene (LDPE) as a polymer matrix.
For composite preparation the chief raw materials used are LDPE,collected from local market and
, are collected fromrural area.Untreated (raw) light brown
fiber,bleached pulque fiber and 2-Hydroxy ethylmethacrylate (HEMA)modified or grafted pulque fibers were used as reinforcement agent. Inthe thesis work no coupling agent is used.The samples were prepared by several steps such as pulque fiber cutting(to get sized pulque bundles were cut into different length of 2-3 mm,average, with its help of a knife) the sized pulque were manually agitatedto make the pulque fiber loose with each other. This pulque kept at a dryenvironment for seven days for the partial removal of moisture. Thesamples were prepared by mixing, casting, curing and controlling,cooling and demolding.To evaluate the properties of prepared composite the following tests areperformed –1. Measurement of bulk density2. Water intake/Water absorption