Determination of Static Fracture Toughness of Nettle Fibre (Urtica Dioica)/Polymethyl-methacrylate Composites Using Different Fracture Methods
Keywords: composite, fracture toughness, mechanical properties, nettle fibre, PMMA
AbstractIn this study, the breaking behaviour of polymethylmethacrylate reinforced with nettle fibre was investigated experimentally. Single edge notched bending (SENB) and compact test(CT) specimens were produced to include notches in various ratios. The Mode I fracture behaviour of samples were determined utilizing static frac-ture toughness experiments such as the Three Point Bend-ing (TPB) and Compact Tensile tests. The fracture tough-ness (KIC) was investigated using the TPB Test (Compli-ance and Initial notch method), and Compact Tension test. The bending module and bending stresses were also determined. It was found that nettle-fibre reinforcement improves the bending strength of the composite by 60% and improves the fracture toughness more than two-fold.
MECHANICS OF SOLID BODIES