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Abstract

Researchers now focus on the use of natural fiber polymer composites materials for packing applications. This attention is due to their low cost and renewable characteristics. Fabrication of composites with the use of renewable resources has many benefits of alternating from an appropriate management and reduction in industrial wastages, ecofriendly behaviour to cost effectiveness. The artificial fibers in packing industries can be replaced by natural fibers in the areas where stiffness and high strength are not the primary requirement. In the last decade the use of Natural fibers in the place of artificial fibers for reinforcements in epoxy resin matrix ratio has been gaining momentum. In this work, the different quantity of treated and untreated Moringa pods Oleifera fiber were reinforced LV5012 CNSL hardener with LY556 Epoxy by using hand lay-up technique. Mechanical behaviour (tensile, flexural and impact), Tribological and water absorption behaviour are evaluated. The microstructural analysis of fabricated composite was done by using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to analysis the fiber strength, internal fiber failure, cracks and interfacial properties of the fractured surfaces. Based on the results, treated MOPF polymer composites have found better mechanical, wear and water absorption properties to be used for packaging applications compared with untreated MOPF polymer composites.

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