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Author: R. Rajesh, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Karpagam Academy of Higher Education ,Tamilnadu, India
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The role of natural fiber reinforced composite materials is increasing in an accelerated rate in our daily life due to its favorable properties. In the present unendurable environmental conditions natural fibers are representing superior material in terms of biodegradability, low cost, high strength and corrosion resistance when compared to conventional and man-made materials. The main objective of this experimental study is to fabricate the oil palm fiber reinforced composite and to evaluate mechanical properties such as tensile strength, flexural strength and impact strength. There are three different type of laminates are fabricated by hand lay-up method by using oil palm fiber as reinforcing material with epoxy resin as matrix. The specimen is prepared according to ASTM standard s and the experiment has been carried out by using universal testing machine (UTM). From the experimental results, it has been observed that the specimen is treated for 3hours by NaOH exhibited superior properties except impact strength. Impact strength is greater for the specimen which is non treated. Morphological examinations are carried out by scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis.