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Current Trends in Polymer Science   Volumes    Volume 23 
Stainless steel flake-reinforced polymer matrix-woven glass fibre hybrid composite: Mechanical and wear characterization
N. Thangapandian, R. Gokhul Raj, A. S. Vivekananda, N. Ganapathy Ramasamy, Jacob Muthu
Pages: 17 - 28
Number of pages: 12
Current Trends in Polymer Science
Volume 23 

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Woven glass fibre polymer composites are one of the most commonly used materials in manufacturing industries and are widely used in various engineering technologies. However, a common shortcoming of these composites is the failure at the matrix-rich interfacial regions where the load transfer between the load-bearing fibre and weak matrix occurs. As a result, researchers have focused on improving the load transfer capability by strengthening the interfacial regions using secondary reinforcements. The industrial waste of stainless steel scrap is selected as a potential secondary reinforcement to strengthen the interfacial regions of the glass fibre composites. The hybrid composites were manufactured using 2.5, 5 and 7.5 wt% of strain steel (SS) scrap and are expected to improve the mechanical and tribological properties of the final composite materials. Tensile test, Pin on drum wear test and three-point bending tests were performed to investigate the effect of stainless-steel scrap on the mechanical and tribological properties of the composite. Fractographic studies were also carried out to analyze the failure behaviour of the tested composites. The properties of the reinforced composites were compared and reported with the pure sample. The addition of stainless steel scrap up to 2.5 wt% improved the mechanical and wear properties of the glass fibre composite and a further increase resulted in a reduction in the strength of the final composite.  
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