The Effect of Incorporation of Two Different Fibers on Some Mechanical Properties of Heat Cure Acrylic Resin Dr. Abdalbasit A Fatihallah BDS, MSc, PhD

Abstract

To evaluate the effect of addition of different fibers on some mechanicalproperties of heat cured acrylic resin (flexural strength, impact strength and hardness).210 specimens were used in the study.70 specimens were used for flexuralstrength with measurements (65mm*10mm*2.5mm) length, width and thicknessrespectively. The specimens were divided into seven test groups (n=10). The firstgroup is the Control one and it was without fiber reinforcement, second groupreinforced with 2mm polyester fibers, third group reinforced with 4mm polyesterfibers, fourth group reinforced with 2mm Polypropylene fibers, fifth group reinforcedwith 4mm Polypropylene fibers, sixth group reinforced with 2mm of both fibers(polyester and Polypropylene), and seventh group reinforced with 4mm of both fibers(polyester and Polypropylene). 70 specimens were used for impact strength in sevengroup (n=10) with measurements (80mm*10mm*4mm) length, width and thicknessrespectively. 70 specimens were used for hardness test in seven groups (n=10) withmeasurements (65mm*10mm*2.5mm) length, width and thickness respectively.The Results Show that there are highly significant differences between all groupsexcept for a significant differences between control and combination 2 mm fiberlength (mean differences=33.45). For the hardness test the comparisons show thatthere is no significant differences between groups except for a significant differencesbetween control and combination of both fibers with 2mm length (mean differences=-1.34). For impact strength; there are highly significant differences between all groupsexcept for a significant differences between Polyester fiber of 2mm length andcombination of the two fiber of 2 mm length (mean differences=-3.1).In conclusion, the addition of different fibers (polyester and Polypropylene) toacrylic resin gives it more resistance to break and more resistance to bend.