Nowadays, there is a growing interest for the use and development of materials synthesized from renewable sources in the polymer composites manufacturing industry; this applies for both matrix and reinforcement components. In the present investigation, a basalt fibre reinforced (BFR) bio-based epoxy system together with a cork core is proposed for its use in composite sandwich structures.
Mechanical characterization of tensile and flexural properties was carried out. In addition, permeability measurements of the fiber reinforcement were performed. A case study, namely the fabrication of a long board using the hand lay-up technique was carried out. A detailed description of the manufacturing process is presented along with finite element simulations of the mechanical response of the final piece.
R. Hoto, Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales, Universidad Nac. de Mar del Plata, Argentina.
J.P. Torres, Instituto de Diseño y Fabricación, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.
J. A. García-Manrique, Instituto de Diseño y Fabricación, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.