Application of Kenaf-Based Natural Fiber Composites in the Automotive Industry

Paper #:
  • 2011-01-0215

Published:
  • 2011-04-12
DOI:
  • 10.4271/2011-01-0215
Citation:
Qatu, M., "Application of Kenaf-Based Natural Fiber Composites in the Automotive Industry," SAE Technical Paper 2011-01-0215, 2011, https://doi.org/10.4271/2011-01-0215.
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6
Abstract:
In an effort to present more ‘green’ material for massive manufacturing that are both competitive in their properties and can be more environmental friendly, natural fibers are being considered for possible applications in the automotive industry. This paper shows an exploratory study of the effects of pressure and layup on a hybrid composite of randomly oriented woven kenaf fibers and fiberglass/polyester sheet molding compound (SMC). In addition to initial testing performed on their water absorption and other important properties, these hybrid composites were tested to determine the bending modulus of elasticity (MOE) and the bending modulus of rupture (MOR).
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