Recent days natural fibers are increasingly projected as an alternative to traditional synthetic fibers (glass and carbon fiber) which has an adverse effect on the environment.
Among the various natural fibers (plant, animal, mineral etc.) basalt fibers have extensively used in various fields of engineering and a lot of research activities has been carried out to study the material properties of basalt fibers by reinforcing it with polymer matrix materials.
Basalt fibers are mineral fiber with mechanical properties near or above glass fibers and low cost when compared to carbon fibers. There is a need for research on composite materials which is indeed helpful in solving the problems of society/ industrial sector.
Vikas G.1 , 2, Sudheer M.²
1 – Department of Mechanical Engineering, St. Joseph Engineering College, Mangaluru, India
2 – Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, Mangaluru, India