Journal of Materials Research and Technology Journal of Materials Research and Technology
J Mater Res Technol 2017;6:406-10 DOI: 10.1016/j.jmrt.2017.08.002
Original Article
Comparison between tensile behavior of epoxy and polyester matrix composites reinforced with eucalyptus fibers
Caroline G. de Oliveiraa, Frederico M. Margemb, Sergio N. Monteiroc,, , Felipe Perissé Duarte Lopesc
a State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro, Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil
b Faculdade Redentor, Itaperuna, RJ, Brazil
c Military Institute of Engineering, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Received 15 June 2017, Accepted 09 August 2017
Abstract

Investigations and uses of composites reinforced with natural fibers have been growing over the last decades. These composites offer economical, technical, societal and environmental advantages. As a consequence, they became promising alternatives to replace synthetic fibers from non-renewable sources. In this way, the study of the properties of these natural composites is of utmost importance to enable its use. The present work compares the tensile mechanical behavior of polymeric composites reinforced with natural eucalyptus fibers. Two matrices widely applied in the industry were used: epoxy and polyester. The results showed that in both cases the introduction of eucalyptus fibers had minor effect on the matrix reinforcement.

Keywords
Eucalyptus fiber, Polymeric composites, Tensile stress
J Mater Res Technol 2017;6:406-10 DOI: 10.1016/j.jmrt.2017.08.002