The thermal response of long Jute and Banana
reinforced epoxy natural composites has been
investigated. The materials systems used for the
investigation are : Epoxy (EP), Epoxy/4 wt.% Banana
fiber (BF)/4 wt.% Jute fiber (JF) (EP8), Epoxy/8 wt.%
BF/8 wt.% JF (EP16), Epoxy/12 wt.% BF/12 wt.% JF
(EP24), and Epoxy/16 wt.% BF/16 wt.% JF (EP32).
These composites were processed and fabricated using
hand – lay-up technique. The thermal response of the
aforesaid material systems were studied using
thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The % weight loss of
these composites at defined temperature has been
recorded from the thermograms. The hybridization effect
of long jute and banana fibers on the thermal stability of
epoxy fibrous composites were investigated. It is revealed
from the experimentation that higher loading of natural
fibers has enhanced the thermal stability of composites.
The percentage weight loss of these composites has been
controlled at higher thermal load using the combined
effect of natural fibers.
Keywords : Thermal; Jute Fiber; Banana Fiber; Epoxy; Natural Composites.