EXPLORING THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF LEAF SPRINGS REINFORCED WITH FIBRE COMPOSITES

  • Sakthivel P. Mechanical Engineering, Sri Krishna College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Santhosh S. Mechanical Engineering, Sri Krishna College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Sivaraman P. Mechanical Engineering, Sri Krishna College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Keywords: leaf spring, glass-fiber-reinforced polymer, composite materials, vacuum-assisted resin

Abstract

To determine whether eggshell particles can be used as a filler material to improve mechanical properties, this study examines the mechanical characteristics of a hybrid material made of eggshell particles and glass-fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP). To obtain the appropriate particle size, the eggshells are cleaned, crushed, and sieved as part of the experimental approach. The eggshell fragments are then mixed with resin and glass fibres using a vacuum-assisted resin-transfer moulding process to create GFRP composites. The produced GFRP composites’ flexural strength, stiffness, fatigue stability, and other pertinent characteristics are evaluated with practical tests. Notably, certain qualities are enhanced with the inclusion of eggshell particles containing 110 % of the weight of fibroin. In comparison to conventional GFRP composites, which only consider fatigue life during the exhaustion testing phase, the results reveal a 15% increase in the enhancement rate. The findings imply that adding eggshell particles to GFRP composites has tremendous opportunities for progress, notably in automotive applications, and more specifically in the use of leaf springs. The hybrid material’s better mechanical characteristics suggest that it may be possible to improve the performance and longevity of leaf-spring applications. This study advances the investigation of low-cost, environmentally friendly materials for improving composite materials’ mechanical properties in the automobile sector. The application of eco-friendly and effective solutions in the production of automobiles may result from more study and development in this field.

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Published
2024-02-06
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P.S, S.S, P.S. EXPLORING THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF LEAF SPRINGS REINFORCED WITH FIBRE COMPOSITES. MatTech [Internet]. 2024Feb.6 [cited 2024Apr.25];58(1):81–86. Available from: https://mater-tehnol.si/index.php/MatTech/article/view/932